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The Steoples

Wide Through The Eyes Of No One

    Inspired by the psychological effects of modern life and their direct personal experiences, The Steoples are back with their second album for Stones Throw, ‘Wide Through The Eyes Of No One’.

    Drawing on an eclectic range of sounds from Latin rhythms to 1980s soul and sombre tones of folk fused with R&B, ‘Wide Through The Eyes Of No One’ incorporates live instrumentation from a new cast of players. The album also explores social commentary, with confessional lyrics that contemplate the nuances of isolation.

    The Steoples are the LA-based avant-soul duo of Gabriel Reyes-Whittaker and Yeofi Andoh. The pair’s second album for Stones Throw follows on from their debut ‘Six Rocks’.

    Gabriel has released two albums as Frankie Reyes on Stones Throw: ‘Boleros Valses y Mas’ in 2016 and ‘Originalitos’ in 2020. He has also released music under the alias Gifted & Blessed. Yeofi has previously collaborated with artists including Theo Parrish and DJ Spinna under the moniker A Race of Angels.

    For fans of Frankie Reyes, A Race Of Angels, The Black Pumas, Earl St. Clair, Steve Arrington, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Michael Kiwanuka, Little Dragon.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: The illusive and erratic The Steoples switch tact from Gifted & Blessed to Stones Throw, pushing a more avant-soul sound for the adventurous.

    TRACK LISTING

    Everybody’s Song
    The Good News
    In The Dance
    Cotton
    Lonely Behavior
    Wide Through The Eyes Of No One
    Leaning On Me
    The Real Wealth
    Procession
    Alas Alice

    The Steoples is a collaboration between Gifted & Blessed (Wild Oats/GB) and A Race of Angles, who recently recorded an EP for Theo Parrish's Wildheart Recordings. "Nature Of The Soul" will be getting nuff praise from Giles Peterson I reckon, its lush organics and neo-soul vibe set around the house template heading right up his strasse. "Got To Be Right" uses similar soulful male vocals bouncing against a house beat. This one intricately weaves some radiating synth lines and bubbling sonics into the mix though, making for a slightly more melancholic, if none the less intoxicating trip. "Riding On Light" uses a kraut-inspired 3/4 groove to send us spiraling off into madness. Imagine if Suicide were actually best mates with Prins Thomas and Todd Terje and lived in the Nordic mountains; this might well just their jam! Finally, "Even So" ends on a emotional note, male vox crooning away supported by staccato keys while a simple drum machine rhythm holds it together. Very effective. Each sleeve is unique, hand-stamped and hand-sprayed with different colour schemes. A sublime release, and very limited copies available, so don't miss!



    TRACK LISTING

    1. Nature Of The Soul
    2. Got To Be Right
    3. Riding On Light
    4. Even So


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