We first heard from Mr. Lif on this site when he dropped the jazzy ‘Let Go‘, a prelude to his ‘Don’t Look Down‘ LP. If you hadn’t known him before then you came to realize what a genius the Boston lyricist was at stitching together phrases that sound the same and paint vivid images in your mind. The point would have been proven beyond any shadow of doubt if you copped the album when it came out in April. He also proved himself a master storyteller on songs like ‘Pounds of Pressure’ and ‘The Abyss’. Not one for taking a chill pill (and a well-deserved break it would have been) after a credible drop widely lauded by pundits, Mr. Lif, AKA Jeffrey Haynes, has a new project in the pipeline. This time it’s a collaborative album with North Carolina producer L’Orange. ‘The Life & Death of Scenery‘ drops October 14 and is a joint production of Mello Music and Adult Swim.
Unlike the reality-based Don’t Look Down, The Life & Death of Scenery is a conceptual album that finds the two artists imagining a post-apocalyptic world where art has been banned. No books, no vinyl or artwork remain within the walls of the “last society”. ‘A Palace in the Sky’ is the conclusion of the story, and hence the last song on the album, but has been released as the first single. Soon as the boom-bap kicks in Mr. Lif attacks our minds with visions of the nasty king who caused the destruction reigning over that futuristic world. But what he doesn’t is that the gods are in conference, plotting his downfall and bit by bit they tear down his kingdom.
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