‘Feels’ is a seven-track journey to healing by Olu [ EP Review]

‘Feels’ is a seven-track journey to healing by Olu [ EP Review]

<p class=""><strong>Feels </strong>seems like a seven-track articulation of seven topic-based diary entries as <strong>Olu </strong>navigates the risque waters of melodious Sophisti-pop, Quiet Storm, Neo-soul, Soul, R&amp;B, New Wave, Ambient and Trapsoul.</p>

<h1>Olu feels like a love-child of a union between Sade Ade, Elena Tonra of Daughter and Hannah Reid of London Grammar with a dash of contralto/mezzo soprano vocal manipulations. ‘Feels,’ released on September 11, 2020 is a follow-up to her 2018 EP, ‘Language.’ </h1>

<p class=""><a href="https://l.instagram.com/?u=https%3A%2F%2Forcd.co%2Ffeels&e=ATMLZIKexDqp8hYbaqVhxz7zwBBcAqZViIx-i6XxW9XCrrdI59bxWR7gXuposPbx4jiVIBrrvy_liSDQLXhUvw&s=1" id="004512ac-89ed-4521-8359-672e0998c9a3">Feels </a>seems a seven-track articulation of seven topic-based diary entries as <strong>Olu </strong>navigate the risque waters of melodious Sophisti-pop, Quiet Storm, Neo-soul, Soul, R&amp;B, New Wave, Ambient and Trapsoul. The way <strong>Olu </strong>creates songs like ‘<em>Lagos Hypeman’</em> typifies traits of an attentive social observer who probably dabbles in the art of psychoactive consumption. </p>

<p class="">Who jumps on a guitar-based Neo-soul track like, ‘<em>Lagos Hypeman</em>’ while finding the bridge between pungent nonchalance and affectionate ode delivery? I can tell you; talented acts who speak their true lives and experiences through their music. It’s a unique art that only humans who immerse and fuse themselves into experiences and imagination can conjure.</p>

<p class="">Other odes are scattered across this 21-minute experience as <strong>Olu </strong>discusses pain in the distance, love in earnest, music as a strength, self-love as necessity, depression as commonplace infamy and success as a goal. However, all these are results of different experiences that document a journey to healing. </p>

<p class="">A common theme throughout this album is its bid to project its maker’s unavoidable positivity. As piano chords create suspense on ‘<em>God Save The Queen</em>,’ <strong>Olu </strong>makes Quiet Storm with her tale of depression – filled with a pain that she needed time to fathom, accept and express. But in the same house, she probably lives with her partner – presumably, a husband. </p>

<figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>Feels by Olú</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">She refers to that person as the King and herself as a Queen – self-adulation even in the thick of depression. That part, “<em>The queen is in pain…</em>” gives this writer eargasms – it’s a rare zenith that he craves from ambient Quiet Storm. <strong>Olu </strong>must also take a bow for her pen game on this song – detail is mired in easily accessible symbolism that simplify her storytelling. </p>

<p class="">Another common theme on <strong>Feels </strong>is acceptance; if <strong>Olu </strong>is not accepting and expressing love for Lagos, a city others curse, she is accepting her emotions on guitar-based R&amp;B like, <em>‘Feels Like.’</em> </p>

<p class="">After a moment of hesitation, <strong>Olu </strong>accepts real love that took her by surprise, <em>“Had to rethink the way I think, had to redefine love, had to come out of my shell… Had to come find you, had to come love you…”</em> This song ‘<em>Feels Like</em>’ an ode to the beautiful love story that became her marriage. </p>

<p class="">Then, the minimalist production that houses<em> ‘Fading</em>’ aids what seems like an ode to the gripping effects of good sex. On New Wave production sits ‘<em>Made It</em>,’ and <strong>Olu </strong>uses it to discuss helplessness, but she is not as coherent or audible in her delivery as on other sounds. </p>

<p class=""><em>‘A Thing</em>’ documents <strong>Olu</strong>’s relationship with her music as well as the rigorous emotional rollercoaster of her creative process. She wants people to understand these emotions, but like <strong>The Coy Mistress </strong>she shrugs the need to express and boxes it up, <em>“You don’t know a thing, you don’t know what I’ve seen…” </em></p>

<p class="">But in the end, <strong>Olu </strong>ends a project that starts in the throes of depression with self-hype and self love on, ‘<em>I Love Myself.</em>’ When you reach the end of this project, it feels like <strong>Olu </strong>uses <strong>Feels </strong>to tell a story of convalescence while highlighting everything that helped her heal; music, love, Lagos and good sex. </p>

<p class="">What a project. Those deceptive cadences with the piano on <em>‘I Love Myself</em>’ are amazing. And yeah, <strong>Olu </strong>can write… really write. </p>

<p class=""><strong>Ratings: /10</strong></p>

<p class="">• 0-1.9: Flop</p>

<p class="">• 2.0-3.9: Near fall</p>

<p class="">• 4.0-5.9: Average</p>

<p class="">• 6.0-7.9: Victory</p>

<p class="">• 8.0-10: Champion</p>

<p class=""><strong>Pulse Rating: /10</strong></p>

<p class=""><strong>8.5 – Champion</strong></p>

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