SJ Esau – ‘Exploding Views’ | Album Review


Summarising a full-length in a hundred words is no small task, but when it’s one as creative and diverse as that of Bristol mainstay SJ Esau, you start to marvel at it’s futility. The tardy follow-up to 2008’s ‘Small Vessel’, ‘Exploding Views’ has a lot of explaining to do.

Barely moments in and all is forgiven, as perfectly-crafted dada-esque pop songs take hold. Opener ‘Soul II Skull’ is thick with percussion and off-the-wall basswork, calling to mind leftfield heroes like Tune-yards or Yeasayer, before launching into a stylophone solo or two.

Whether it be genre, structure, or even phrasing, this a boundless album from an equally boundless artist.

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