Inbox Jukebox #129: Kyan Palmer, Merci, Omar Apollo x Ruel

By | November 13, 2020 at 1:30 PM

…This is the Inbox Jukebox:

Kyan Palmer – “Therapy”
Photo via Instagram

There’s something soothing yet urgent about Kyan Palmer’s “Therapy”. It’s a sweet surrender in the aftermath of a relationship that was war. The languid falsetto hook is the perfect foil to a beat reminiscent of a Timbaland bop. Melodically, the track lingers somewhere between R&B ballad and indie-pop bounce. Which heightens the pendulum swing of the backup vocalizing and instrumentation to give “Therapy” a hypnotic effect. Consider us entranced. 

Merci – “Foolish Me”
Photo: Lindsey Byrnes

“Foolish Me” is a melancholy melody set to an Alternative heartbeat. It rises and falls with emotion—at times emphatic, at other times reflective. It’s a dirty kind of pretty. The guitars are strummed with a bruising tenderness, the chords rise as the lyrics fall, culminating in an adrenaline fueled slow dive. The sonics are slo-mo action with a racing pulse that captures you and carries you right along with them; riding on a feeling.

Omar Apollo x Ruel – “Want U Around”
Photo: Erica Hernández

The slip slide glide of Minneapolis infused rock & blues lives on in Omar Apollo. The vibes are ‘royal’ when this Indianapolis born crooner joins forces with Ruel for a landslide of funk & feels. “Want U Around” is a ballad with heat—silky and dangerously seductive, laced with unfettered bass and high flying falsettos. Baby, baby, baby, it will undo you. Dark chocolate rich, soufflé tender, and oh so very tasty. We adore delicious sonics and “Want U Around” delivers.