Single Review: ‘Yesterday’ by Loyle Carner

Loyle Carner’s new single ‘Yesterday’, is a heartfelt, politically charged and introspective account of mixed-race identity in our contemporary society. The track marks the hip-hop artist’s latest release since his second album, Not Waving, But Drowning, and like his previous tracks incorporates both sensitive and intelligent lyricism.

The single was accompanied by a music video directed by Loyle and his brother Ryan. From a young teenager writing songs, to the artist himself recording in the studio, the deeply personal visuals depict cycles of childhood and adulthood amidst a political backdrop of television news and police sirens. Visually striking, the Coyle-Larner film production stiches together shots to give the appearance of a single-take, with the lighting of the set switching between tones of blue and orange to further the lyrics of navigating belonging and frustrations with a lack of social progress.

Combining a relaxed beat with discordant horns and vocal samples, the rich sonic layers work hand in hand with the visuals, providing an immersive and thought-provoking musical experience.

Leoni Fretwell

Featured Image Source: Still via Loyle Carner // YouTube. Director: Coyle-Larner Brothers

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