Last week, Missy Elliot gave the next generation some sage advice. An artist’s second album, she said, “would be tense to build. But it is the best album to experiment with”, adding that the record is “important” to build on the success of the first. ” !” Steve Lacey, guitarist and lead crew in cult R&B/funk group The Internet, has taken the message on board.
Described by NME as “retro-inspired through a modern lens”
It follows 2019’s ‘Apollo XXI’, the much-anticipated solo debut of the West Coast guitarist. Which NME describes as “retro-inspired through a modern lens”. Prior to this, Lacy’s solo career began through lo-fi demos that were recorded on her iPhone. And the modern approach taken on 2017’s breakout single ‘Dark Red’ inspired Sly and the Family Stone, Stevie Wonder and Prince compared. Vampire Weekend has collaborated with Kali Uchis and Kendrick Lamar. The latter noted that Lacey’s signature guitar sound provided the setting for ‘PRIDE’ from the rapper’s fourth album, ‘DAMN’.
Gemini Rights’ Comparison to Her Debut
“Gemini Rights” is a more polished and assured work than her debut. Album Highlight ‘Sunshine’ is as crispy as Lacey has ever done. As rising R&B star Fushi’s vocals dance around his dazzling guitar solo. Whereas ‘Mercury’ savors bossa nova with shuffled beats and lively horns. It is Lassie’s ax work that pushes the entire record forward. Offers a hypnotic layer under his falsetto on ‘Buttons’. And adds some tightly sprung licks on ‘Helmet’.
‘Gemini Rights’, with its bold leaps and artistic flourishes
With such a vibrant musical palette at your disposal. It could have been easier for Lacy to phone it lyrically and let the music do the talking. But ‘Gemini Rights’ redefines the story heard on ‘Apollo XXI’. On that record – particularly on “Like Me”, “N Side” and “Playground” – Lacy was on a mission to find herself and prioritize pleasure. On ‘Gemini Rights’, however, they are beginning to realize that this is not all that it should be. ‘Gemini Rights’, with its bold leaps, and artistic flourish, are all the makings of a great second album.
Opening song ‘Static’ Lovers with different preferences
The opening song ‘Static’ deals with lovers with different preferences. Baby, you’ve got something in your nose. Smell that one, does it feel like a hole?” and resets the parameters for romantic partners. If only one “Looking for a bitch ’cause I’m over boys” for a quick fling. On the luscious ‘Freestyle’, he flings between shopping for a past boyfriend. Who has “a heavy dick, a cannon” in your deep could use a hug”.
For example, the second song ‘Like Me’ from ‘Apollo XXI’
‘Like Me’, the second song from his debut ‘Apollo XXI’, for example. Viewed in nine minutes but in keeping with the sometimes-radical experiment. Lacey brings to mind the wisdom of Missy Elliot on her second LP in her own way. , While her solo music and work with the Internet have infiltrated the mainstream more discreetly. ‘Gemini Rights’, which features her most direct works to date, will make the ‘cult artist’ tag around Lacey increasingly redundant.