Published Nov 04, 2016Montreal-based singer/songwriter Krystale dubs her sound "alternative R&B," and the description is pretty much on-point. The artist, whose 2012 debut The Good Fight featured then-just-emerging producer Kaytranada — back when he was going by the name "Kaytradamus" — has been continually evolving her dreamy, ambient style of soul.
Here, she stands on a foundation of elliptical lyrics and electro-jazz arrangements for a short but sweet five-track EP. Working with the emerging and enigmatic Montreal-based producer Ouri, Say Anything is wildly atmospheric and ambitious in scope. The near-mystical moodiness of opening track "You Can Say" haunts in contrast to the more grounded electronics of "Boxed In." A number like "Say It" rides a next-gen jazz groove, while the more straight-up R&B elements of "Make Time" lingers.
While not yet attaining a supreme high with this outing, Krystale is nonetheless on the ascent. (Independent)