Opinion Review

Nakhane Touré: Blackened and Bruised

The misplacement of optimism: a social pressure thoroughly analysed by an abundance of social psychologists today. Many emphasize the importance of living a dualistic reality, meaning that embracing the bad can sometimes be good for you. The social pressure to falsely act optimistic may suppress one’s true feelings, especially when their instincts say otherwise. Every piece on Nakhane Touré’s latest EP “The Laughing Son” has, at the bare minimum, a deafening whisper with respect to this subject. His latest single ‘Blackened and Bruised’ is the quintessential.

A distortion-enhanced vocal melody sets Touré’s subsequent single in motion. Whilst imitating a fuzz-induced bass line, the repetitive nature of the particular lyric “Don’t be so buried in the light” emphasizes just how much this multitalented artist is influenced by the concept of ‘dancing in the dark’. The compassionate, understanding vocal tone accompanied by amiable piano accents within the verses contrast heavily but fittingly to the impassioned phrase “Do you laugh now?” which clearly displays notorious, influential characteristics of REM and Patti Smith.

Polyrhythmic melodies engulf the homophonic texture towards the end of the song. A triumphant brass section creates a crescendo so captivating that by the time the closing a cappella-choral section presents itself, the listener is nothing but intensely attentive. Interested in glorifying ordinary or unwanted experiences, Touré effortlessly asserts how negative feelings should be perceived and acted upon in ‘Blackened and Bruised’, a concept we all should be more attentive towards to obtain a better understanding of ourselves and those surrounding us.

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Listen to ‘Blackened and Bruised’ below.