serpentwithfeet - soil
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2018 Ratings: #48 / 760
Year End Rank: #44
User Score
Based on 430 ratings
2018 Ratings: #271
June 8, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Secretly Canadian, Tri Angle / Label
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The album is a visionary statement of arrival, a potent and singular masterpiece that exposes the deepest chambers of a fiercely beating heart with a singular purity of focus. It's a mesmerizing journey of self-actualization in an era when constant connection makes that all the more difficult.

There is a case to be made for soil, the debut album by serpentwithfeet, to be sensibly understood as seminal before even being granted the benefit of hindsight. It’s incredibly rare that a creative talent of this magnitude arrives at all. It‘s astounding that they would also succeed in presenting a vision of such striking lucidity across their first major work.

Tiny Mix Tapes

soil is a crucial psalm; crucial for its queerness, crucial for its catholicism, its pagan roots protruding into sidewalks, crucial for its purity of heart, crucial for how it avoids imperative.

Loud and Quiet

It’s destructive in how personal it is.


Sharing his wisdom, serpentwithfeet teaches us to be ourselves, to endure and be happy and love each other, and it’s rare to hear these simple, well-known things being delivered with a power and strength that can transcend the medium of music itself, turning it into a pure magic.

Drawing upon industrial pop and ethereal R&B, serpentwithfeets's music may induce listeners to revel in the artist's musical prowess even as they blush at the album's pervasive intimacy.

With soil, serpentwithfeet deeply engages with the complex membranes between the self and a loved one, the self and the world. Few albums attempt this much nuance in articulating love; Wise’s success in his ambitions feels like a gift.

The Observer
It is, at its heart, an album about love: the intimacy of it, the rapture of it, the loss of it.

It's this need to share so much of himself -- with his listeners as well as the ones he loves -- that makes Serpentwithfeet's music so compelling, and Soil captures a passionate, complex artist coming into his own.

Under The Radar
That he's prepared to drift off into erotic and spiritual imagery, laying himself bare in such a vulnerable and emotive way is one of the delights of the year.
Resident Advisor

Since his 2016 EP, blisters, Wise has evolved from histrionic oversharer to keen songwriter with a sharp wit. On his debut album, soil, those qualities bloom on tightly written pop songs that probe his innermost fears, neuroses, queer insecurities and desires.

The 405

soil is an album that delves into the dirt of passion, be that artistic, romantic or religious. For every moment of ecstatic energy there’s another equal moment of debilitating disappointment, for every igniting of love, there’s wilting relationships. It’s a deeply personal album, but one that is often relatable.

Northern Transmissions
For the boundary-pushing record from Serpentwithfeet, an unusual instrument set creates a framework for truly powerful pop. This said, the writing will really divide listeners in its rule-breaking and expectation subverting moments.

Overall, soil is a courageous effort where serpentwithfeet's bravery pays off.

Spectrum Culture

soil is the gospel/R&B blend with enough space-age imagery and hallucinatory asides that both Young Fathers and TV on the Radio would dance in approval.

Rolling Stone
Serpentwithfeet's influences make him dangerously cool and impossibly contemporary.
The Needle Drop

serpentwithfeet's debut album adeptly presents love in a simultaneously sweet and unsettling light, only occasionally being held back by some uneventful instrumentals.

This album is in a whole other planet of its eccentricity and freakish nature.
To describe this album in one word: annoying. I can't stop coming back to it and I'm constantly humming the choruses. It's a stupid earworm of an album but I just can't help but love it. Don't check this out if you're in the slightest irritated mood.
I don't think soil is as brash or charismatic as many would have hoped, but that suits Josiah Wise's subversive, passive aggressive (it's lowercase for a reason) persona to a T. Equally, he isn't afraid of showing vulnerability, that much is clear from his previous EP's highlight 'Four Ethers'. The abstraction of each soundscape as it unravels offers a glimpse of this vulnerability.

The production is astounding to my ears; an eccentric, but carefully constructed mixture of church organs, ... read more
gimmick artist
potential aoty

edit: not quite, but still good
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Track List

  1. whisper
  2. messy
  3. wrong tree
  4. fragrant
  5. mourning song
  6. cherubim
  7. seedless
  8. invoice
  9. waft
  10. slow syrup
  11. bless ur heart
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Added on: March 7, 2018