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Released in 2011, lowercase letters‘ debut EP was immersed in folksy, neo-soul mystique. For 21 minutes, lead singer Alphie Williams sang drifting harmonies above the band’s equally faint backdrop, resulting in a sweet collection of promising, rainy day R&B. (The band has since taken down the EP, so you’ll have to trust me on this one.)
For its recent self-titled LP, the band repurposed four of the EP’s six songs with stronger rhythms and more pronounced vocals. “Can’t Won’t Rush,” which worked as a Minnie Riperton-inspired love tune, is remade into a groovy reggae jam. The sentiment isn’t as sugary on this version; as a sexy dance number, it makes you wanna grind in the club with that special someone. “Dutchie,” an ode to smoking Black & Mild cigars, is just as chill as its originator with prominent backing drums and a silky guitar riff.
However, it’s on “Unattainable” that the group’s reinvention takes hold. If lowercase letters is known as a soul outfit, they shatter that perception with a volcanic soundtrack and Alphie’s sultry performance. This aesthetic is new for the band, but it still fits within its purview. lowercase letters is a powerful outing for the local collective, one that gets better with each listen.
Stream the album after the jump.