Published Jul 29, 2015Gifted L.A.-based singer/songwriter Darryl "SiR" Farris, a man whose recent writing credits include work for Jill Scott and Robert Glasper, has been turning out some incredibly solid recordings of his own for the past few years. Unfortunately, most of that output, including a fully realized first album in 2012's Wooden Voodoo, has been relegated to the corners of Bandcamp and SoundCloud because of very little promotion and an artist name that would be nearly impossible for anyone not already familiar with the singer to Google.
Seven Sundays should finally change some of that. The record spotlights each of the R&B singer's most endearing traits, from skilled melodic songcraft that sticks almost immediately to lyricism that wraps a layer of cool bravado around a heart that's selflessly romantic, almost to a fault. The latter is plainly present on cuts like "He Deserves Your Love," but it forms the touching core of "The Real" and the Iman Omari-produced "Can We Still." SiR also receives A-level production from Knxwledge, who holds the us-or-nothing mood on "The Bullet and the Gun," while slick-talking collaborators Anderson Paak and D Smoke each balance SiR's lovelorn drifts with a bit of necessary cockiness.
With Seven Sundays, the singer takes some convincing steps beyond the local praise of an Inglewood, CA scene that has already seen his crew share a stage with Kendrick Lamar and out into a broader world that definitely deserves to hear what he has to say. (Fresh Selects)