If you’re looking for something formulaic and that you’ve seen many times before, look away now. Simmering in the depths of Los Angeles, is indie-electronic artist and producer Stephen, who is here with his experimental sophomore record Akrasia, which offers the most innovative aspects of both genres, warping it into something completely unexpected and fresh.
Defined as “the state of mind in which someone acts against their better judgment through weakness of will”, 11-track Akrasia is hauntingly unforgettable, often introducing hip-hop and balladry elements.
Self-reflection, compulsions, illness, love, addiction, meditation and pleasure all get the spotlight, with it marking his first full-length album release since his Lyme disease diagnosis back in 2016.
“Gratitude” introduces the album, which opens with a surprisingly emotive compilation of “thank you’s” from all around the world. “I Never Stay In Love” starts as a piano-led ballad and meditation on heartbreak, showing off the artist’s raw and vulnerable falsetto before building into a thumping, warped synth crescendo. In the same way, “Delilah” starts in delicate minimal compositions before exploding into a clangy rock anthem. Experimental synths kick off aptly-named “Alien” for something completely unique, before flowering into a propulsive hip-hop bassline. And “Hell Of A Night” shows off the artist’s vocal prowess, skittering with production flourishes.
Watch the album stream for Akrasia below…