Ghostpoet: Shedding Skin | Album Review

Fri, Feb 27, 2015, 18:00


Shedding Skin


Play It Again Sam

Hip-Hop & Rap

There’s a change in tone and texture evident on Obaro Ejimiwe’s third album. Instead of working at the mill on his own, as was the preferred method on previous albums, this time around, the Coventry- born rapper has brought his live band into the studio to colour in the lines. The sense of alienation and unease that informed his previous work is still very much in the water, but these qualities are now embellished and emboldened by a twitchy slew of instrumentation. What hasn’t changed is Ejimiwe’s vocal timbre, which is majestic and playful on The Pleasure in Pleather, before switching to more emotional tracking on the atmospheric Nothing in the Way. He is also adept at chronicling personal dramas and dilemmas as on Sorry My Love, It’s You Not Me and Yes I Helped You Pack. It’s a strong showing from an always intriguing figure.