• Tristan Acker


art by KNG aka Gray

Aye Sincere’s new project Leap of Faith is a polished and easy-to-appreciate culmination of the 3 album cycle he began as “Young Sincere” with Lovely. His work depicts the story of a persona who is an aspirational positive artist of faith from the Inland Empire whose sunny disposition sometimes bumps againsts the walls of life’s harsh realities.

With the second album “Aye” replaced “Young” so maybe to hear him tell it a two-album cycle began with Prophet but either way the growth is apparent and I appreciate that he wanted to make each album easier to listen to. He doesn’t make abrasive music anyway so it’s not like the earlier works are not pleasant listens but he keeps striving for ear-worms and addictive melodic friendly works and an old hippie like me appreciates this a lot.

I was often surprised by the drum choices OhGoshLeotus made on the beats here; it’s almost all jazzy neo-soul, even 90’s R&B style dance music and agan, this old hippie appreciates the smoothness of those choices. KNG aka Gray’s art is bright, fresh and fitting with this tight concept-adherent album. The theme is jumping, flight, taking chances and having faith in your spirit to fly when pursuing one’s dreams. This is a soundtrack to such a leap and every one involved put extra polish and precision on this piece. Gray lends chorus vocals to many stand-outs like “Let Go”. “Leap Down” and “Earthbound” are great examples of Sincere himself stepping up to sing more and it mostly works really well; the record’s singles are strong and the penultimate song “Earthbound” is a particularly effective anthem with inspiring chord choices and the feel of a last stop vamp-up before a movie’s climax.

I’ve listened to the album more than twice now, what can I say it’s an infectious record, and I think I’ll continue to marinate on why I find it’s particular blend of nostalgic and new sounds attractive. Definitely worth the listen, check this out.

Tristan "Tanjint Wiggy" Acker is a staff writer for Zus Entertainment, a Jooseboxx and Untapped Hip-Hop contributor, and member of the Inland Empire, California based nerdcore hip-hop group the West Coast Avengers.

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