Terrace Martin track Leave Us Be from the upcoming Drones streams

This week sees the release of Terrace Martin's Drones issued on the multi-instrumentalist, rapper and singer's own Sounds of Crenshaw label with the sunny Friday-song beat of 'Leave us Be' an LA-living plea to the police to just leave folks alone …

Published: 3 Nov 2021. Updated: 30 days.

This week sees the release of Terrace Martin's Drones issued on the multi-instrumentalist, rapper and singer's own Sounds of Crenshaw label with the sunny Friday-song beat of 'Leave us Be' an LA-living plea to the police to just leave folks alone to enjoy their lives heralding the release. Among collaborators on the R&B and hip-hop tilted crossover album are Kendrick Lamar, Snoop, Leon Bridges, Cordae, Ty Dolla$ign, Robert Glasper and Kamasi Washington. One idea behind Drones according to Paste magazine is Martin's vision of a “Black Disneyland''. The album track which features Robert Glasper along with James Fauntleroy and Kim Burrell is called 'Listen’ it's worth noting and zoning in on as one of the priorities.

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Anna Gréta, Nightjar in the Northern Sky, ACT ***

Relative newcomer Anna Gréta is both a pianist and a singer. And as ever the vocals in her case, dreamy, poetic, and quite folk music-like grab the attention. And yet as much it is the highly tasteful pianism of this Icelandic artist who lives in …

Published: 3 Nov 2021. Updated: 30 days.

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Relative newcomer Anna Gréta is both a pianist and a singer. And as ever the vocals in her case, dreamy, poetic, and quite folk music-like grab the attention. And yet as much it is the highly tasteful pianism of this Icelandic artist who lives in Sweden that appeals. The overall highlight of this just-released album is a setting of Robert Creeley's poem from the 1980s 'The Tunnel' that Gréta interprets sensitively on an album that is undeniably mournful and contemplative and yet stirs the soul even if the mood is unrelenting. Gréta's father saxophonist Sigurður Flosason contributes beautifully on this track subtle in the arrangement and the scampering drum line from Einar Scheving busies the song along. Gréta's understated but powerful voice lingers long and captures more than literal truth. Creeley lines ''Tonight, nothing is long enough—/time isn’t./Were there a fire,/it would burn now'' is both despairing and yet knowing that there is something possible better out there. And Gréta on this and other songs explores that mystery of outcome and more so intelligently in a fine introduction to her work. Anna Gréta, top. Photo: Birna Ketilsdóttir Schram