“Don’t Ever Look Back” by Autre Ne Veut // Anxiety (2013)
Tomorrow finds a grip load of great albums being released (Girls Names, Atoms for Peace to name a couple), and one of the best (and perhaps, strangest) is Autre Ne Veut’s mesmerizing take on R&B experimentation, “Anxiety”. The brilliance of Autre Ne Veut lies in his ability to challenge R&B soundscapes, while staying within the genre. Things get weird, but this is always an album with R&B firmly in mind. Tracks shift and sway, bringing in dream pop atmospherics, swirling synth pop keys, ambient tones, and every other treat, but the soulful R&B vibe is always right there. “Don’t Ever Look Back” is one of many standouts - a shimmering, otherworldy treat that reaches strange heights of ethereal beauty before dropping straight through the dance floor and then ascending all over again. It’s a magnificent track that challenges and builds on the genre, and will hopefully open some doors for the brilliant mind behind the work. Highest recommendation.
(stream) “Anxiety” by Autre Ne Veut (via P4K)