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Holographic

by Yoh

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1.
Call Me 02:08
2.
Signs 03:02 video
3.
Chevalier 05:00
4.
Woods 03:06
5.
Okami 04:18

about

Brooklyn label Youngbloods presents a swaying five-part ode to cosmic honesty and collaborative meditations grounded in Jazz and Ambient introspections from NY rapper, producer, and poet Yoh.

Yoh’s music was both conceptualized and actualized in isolation, inspired by cliffside meditations in Acadia National Park and assembled in his “Monastery” in New York City. A guide to his personal reflections, Holographic seeks to broadcast Yoh’s inner-monologue and quest for balance. Through conceptual lenses, each lyric sheet underlines a sense of confidence, self-discovery, and acceptance. “Call Me” and “Signs” draw on dreamy tales of interpersonal relationships, while “Okami” and “Woods” are recognitions of personal accountability. Holographic is bound by Yoh’s premise that the path he walks has no end; in this realization, he’s found solace. There’s a duality to his awakening: one side presents a tangible grasp of his achievements in personal growth, while the other side reveals eager anticipation of future life lessons. His collective work is best summarized by the opening line of “Chevalier”: “I learned to love myself over the weekend I’m freakin out.”

Each sonic element of Holographic comes from a wholly intentional and pure place. A parallel to Yoh’s own intimate workflow, collaborators recorded their contributions from home, resulting in a palpable comfort and tenderness. Glowing notes from pianist Rosemary Minkler and Ben “Carrtoons” Carr on bass elevate Holographic present an embracing ethereal through line. Added flute accompaniment from Alex Hamburger and guitar coloring from Poetic Thrust member Stu Pender contour Holographic, shaping the EP as a complete, three-dimensional work. The instrumentation provides spacious pedestals for Yoh’s winding, precise vocal delivery, rhythmically-fluent and reminiscent of a young Talib Kweli or a laser-focused Freestyle Fellowship.

Ultimately, Yoh hopes his music will build bridges; his achievements in introspection not only guide his own work, but also harmonize with that of his creative colleagues:

“Music has the ability to connect people, connect different mediums, heal and inspire. I want it to grow and to constantly change its shape and form. I want it to show people that it can be boundless and unidentifiable at times but also push its creator to learn more. There is always something to learn.”

credits

released August 12, 2020

Original music written, produced and recorded by Yoh in Brooklyn & Chappaqua, NY

Co-mixed and mastered by Joshua Pleeter at Crooked Smile Studio

All Lyrics for Holographic written and performed by Yoh
Lyrics and vocal harmonies on track 3 written and performed by Yoh, Julia Zivic and Stu Pender
Bass on tracks 1, 2 3 written & performed by Ben “Carrtoons” Carr
Piano on tracks 1, 2 & 3 written & performed by Rosemary Minkler
Guitar on tracks 1-5 written & performed by Stu Pender
Flute on track 1 performed by Alex Hamburger
Track 5 composed & performed by Juno Arreglado & Zach Berns

Executive Produced by Nicholas Concklin & John Moses
Published by Mushpub (BMI)
P&C 2020 Youngbloods
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