Neon Brown’s new instrumental project, L’appel du Vide, is a deep, sonically rich listen with a scope that goes well beyond its already-dope contents. More than just a beautifully produced collection of instrumentals, the album (whose title translates to “The Call of the Void”) plays out like a Greek tragedy that centers on what happened to America on that fateful November day in 2016.
With the 45th president’s shadow looming over the U.S., Brown began to contemplate some of his darkest thoughts and feelings. “You know when you’re waiting for the train and you see it entering the station and get that thought of jumping in front of it?” he asked. “That’s what ‘L’appel du Vide’ is. The call of the void.”
The thing is, while there’s a serious tonality to the affair, the project itself is not without its bright moments. Take the stunning standout track, Love Is Not Lost, for example. Built around earworm-y samples and clever nods to hip-hop legends, the instrumental takes on a life of its own without saying so much as a word. The same goes for other highlights like the beautiful Pushin’ On and the insidious Candy.
The release of L’appel du Vide coincides with Brown’s other brand-new project, a limited-edition 7-inch record featuring collaborations with Vursatyl (of Lifesavas) and deejay Red C as well as Trailer Limon. The 20 track project is available now through all DSPs, and can be redeemed for free download via Bandcamp by purchasing the 7-inch.