A yearning sense to be together defines SAZE’s aptly timed “All Solitude is Selfish”. The zeitgeist feels perfectly captured here. Lyrics explore the concept of wanting to be together even as an introvert, doing so with a degree of grace. In the midst of so much self and externally imposed isolation, even those who normally prefer being left alone are craving a significant connection. So much distance can get to people to truly appreciate what a communal spirit means and how satisfying such an experience can be to embrace.
The genre-hopping that occurs further lends the collection a hybrid approach. R&B, 80s soundtracks, hip-hop, electro and more blend into a singular mix. At times the collection recalls Prince’s flawless productions with every single element of the sound labored over. Flows go for a flawless take, as his delivery has a distinct Kendrick Lamar flavor to it. Similar to Kendrick Lamar’s approach he deliberately weighs each verse, making it perfectly balanced. Poetic with his lyricism it effortlessly captures the weirdness of the moment, the strangeness of looking back at a pre-isolated era, the one of what appears now to have been a whole other world.
Nowhere is this more acutely felt than with the opener “New Years”. Done with such justice, the samples of people simply being together alongside some particularly stellar guitar work gives the whole thing a surreal quality. It was not that long ago that people could congregate without worry, that a sense of togetherness existed. The nostalgia for a period that was only a few months ago feels simultaneously weird yet achingly beautiful. SAZE perfectly embodies the abstract emotion that runs through people’s minds with the isolation.
This theme continues with the darker impulses of “Miles Apart”. Paranoia, anxiety, all of this filters into the mix. Even the beats have their own sort of hesitation for he messes with the groove to heighten the tension. Echoing vocals give a sense of unknowable space with “Lauren’s Voicemail” with the digital remnants of people have a ghostly presence to them. A gorgeous sample anchors the unexpected swagger of “Smoke Filled Room”. Usage of news broadcast deliver a powerful punch with “Burn Out”. Layer upon layer is applied with grace, as SAZE documents a sense of sadness, one seemingly without end. With the finale “Dusty Glimmers of Gold” a bit of hope and optimism enters into the fray, helping to end things with some tenderness.
SAZE explores the importance of togetherness, of the benefits of community on the poignant “All Solitude is Selfish”.