L’ORANGE & SOLEMN BRIGHAM
Often artists best work comes at the point they find themselves a few steps past their emptiest, most hollow moments – in those gaps of time where everyone around them has either crumbled or is left standing in the ruins of experience. The road before them is a void as terrifying as it is hopeful – a space to recover and find catharsis by telling their tale. Metaphors hide their deepest scars while truth is flung as a flag seeking like minded connection, speaking to souls with similar experiences. It is inside these corridors of experience that the best albums rattle with meaning. Solemn Brigham mines these depths on his debut collaboration with L’Orange “Marlowe.” He offers the stories of his survival and growth with an eye towards a future uncharted and more hopeful than his past, all while maintaining not just his composure, but his swagger. L’Orange on the other hand, sits confidently at the helm of production, a ferryman deftly guiding the energy of each track, making the dark and dangerous feel nothing less than exhilarating and fresh. Today the pair release their collaborative self-titled debut “Marlowe.”
L’Orange & Solemn Brigham are the hard-boiled duo behind the fun house fever dream, Marlowe.
Released on Mello Music Group, Marlowe is a triumph of ambition, a rap bricolage blending prohibition and civil rights-era samples with Asian psychedelic rock flourishes. Solemn is an artist perennially seeking something to fight for, channeling energy from the music of the civic rights era, stealing timeless rhythms and inflection from classic funk and soul. An old soul with original ideas, tapping into the eternal reservoir of Sam Cooke to Ice Cube, Otis Redding to Chuck D, Curtis Mayfield to KRS-One.
With dazzling cinematic mise en scene, L’Orange crafts a world that sounds like an old-time medicine show dropped into 90s Brooklyn, with Solemn summoning the holy spirit of Big L. Cymbals crash, drums pound, fuzzy guitars ride out, a bronze rain of horns cascade. This is gorgeous celestial dust, high-powered fuel with every syllable meticulously ordained. Marlowe cracked the case, but how they did it can only become clear under deeper investigation.