Published Oct 25, 2018While weighing in at a mere four tracks, there is loads to like about this effort from Toronto artist Loony. Hailing from the suburb of Scarborough, Loony brings the experience of growing up in a diverse, multicultural area to bear, with a sound inspired by a range of musical genres.
A love for neo-soul, by way of Erykah Badu, is clearly present, as is an appreciation for hip-hop, pop and rock sounds. After taking a short break — her last effort was 2016's self-titled EP — Part 1 hits the ground running with the rap-sing groove of "Flock," which shouts out her stomping ground backed by a brassy groove. "Overnight" carries a stripped-down electronic organ approach, highlighted by a confident Loony speaking to the promise of alternate realities, possibilities and outcomes. "Earth Sway" bounces on a trappy, jazzy, bluesy beat — "I ain't got my name for nothin'," she maintains as she admonishes a wayward lover.
"A Small Flame" is the clear standout and the track that's been getting buzz from streaming sites and for good reason: the creamy-smooth R&B feel, which speaks to the small, uncertain sparks of an emerging relationship, is fuelled by endless confidence, charisma and chill production. Part 1 promises a Part 2 and this four-track effort accomplishes more than enough for folks to anticipate the next instalment. (Independent)