serpentwithfeet - soil
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2018 Ratings: #34 / 360
User Score
Based on 123 ratings
2018 Ratings: #54
Your Review


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.

Loud and Quiet

It’s destructive in how personal it is.


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.
Jun 8, 2018*
I understand for new listeners that this is a great introduction to his sound, but much like Moses Sumney the trajectory of statment from EP to LP is just not all that different. So on a personal level I wasn't amazed much at all with this, unfortunately again the mind ruining a good album. "Mourning Song" is beautiful though!

Day 0-7 of listening:
"messy" seems a conceptual variation of thom yorkes the eraser, whether thats an insult or a compliment remains to be seen: ... read more
Jun 7, 2018
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
Mar 19, 2018*
potential aoty

edit: not quite, but still good
Mar 12, 2018*
This album is in a whole other planet of its eccentricity and freakish nature.
Jun 18, 2018
gimmick artist
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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
Contributions By
morgchrist, thisisabtlgrnd, patton

Added on: March 7, 2018