Silas Luster flows have a fresh, freewheeling style on “W.A.V.”. Proving to be an incredible poet the surreal way that Silas Luster lets narratives emerge alongside observations about social injustices feels poignant. Beats have a nimble, funky quality to them. Never overproduced, the raw intimate approach works wonders for him. The hypnotic looping quality of the samples, alongside the slight twists and turns employed throughout, lend the album a mysterious aura. Going beyond the expected works well for Silas Luster as he draws from a wide variety of genres and influences, bringing in R&B, hip-hop, jazz, soul, and a nostalgia-tinged electronica, almost chillwave-like in its crate-digging ways.
Huge amounts of color come into each composition. Melodically rich and vibrant they recall a blend of Toro Y Moi’s early work mixed with a bit of Flying Lotus. Silas Luster’s delivery is all his own however as it embodies passion, urgency and composition into a satisfying whole. The myriad ways that the track evolve, with each one playing off the last, gives the entirety of the collection a coherent cohesive whole. Over the course of the collection Silas Luster touches upon a wide variety of topics, from relationships to power inequality to even a little shout-out to cryptocurrency. By letting it all expand out to capture the Zeitgeist, Silas Luster’s approach has a highly creative tact to it.
“Sion” introduces the collection on a high note. Lyrics have a thoughtful quality to them as they hit the perfect balance between personal and historical. A noir sensibility permeates the entirety of “Moldamensions”. Beats unfurls in a gradual, graceful way. Full of tension and paranoia, the song has an uneasy, queasy quality to it. Sounds ebb and flow in unexpected gorgeous ways. Easily the highlight comes from the sly grooves of “Diewititt”. Downright beautiful, the usage of soothing luxurious vocals mixed with the mellowed atmospherics of the pieces. Evolution of the groove adds to its mystical presence.
The spaciousness of “O.S.H.N” is fully imbued with such emotion. Messing with the piano sample making it increasingly uncomfortable Silas Luster has fun with the proceedings. With the beginning starting out so soothing, the song eventually devolves into a miniature panic attack as the beats hit with ferocity and the piano becomes ever more insistent. On “What’s Love?” everything is stripped away going for a powerful piece of pure unadorned poetry. “Ceasium Atum” draws a bit from a western twang as the sprawling scope has an epic, cinematic quality to it. Neatly bringing it all to a close is the stretched-out grooves of “2004” which ends things on a high note.
With “W.A.V.” Silas Luster speaks truth to power with an all-consuming tapestry of sound.