The King of Anxiety

Petite Noir - The King of Anxiety
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
User Score
Based on 70 ratings
2015 Ratings: #202
January 19, 2015 / Release Date
EP / Format
Domino / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

82
Pitchfork

These songs feel obvious the first time you hear them and then slowly grow more sophisticated over time.

80
The Line of Best Fit
The resulting noirwave sound is still in the hazy, nebulous stage of genre formation – but this is to say that it has a lot of potential to grow into something quite spectacular.
80
AllMusic

With the King of Anxiety EP, Petite Noir's Yannick Ilunga delivers more breadth and depth in a handful of songs than some artists do in an entire album.

75
Under The Radar

An astonishingly impressive introduction that boasts more confidence than anxiety.

70
The 405

Production is Yannick Ilunga's strongest suit, and he manages to assimilate a good selection of modern chillwave and white soul ingredients around a voice which loses its definition at exactly the same speed as his melodies and ambition begin to fade. Regardless of these drawbacks, it's a very solid, if lop-sided collection.

70
NME

'Shadows' pits intricate guitar patterns against sparse, SBTRKT-style beats, 'Till We Ghosts' deploys joyous oriental rhythms, and 'Come Inside' rips the melody from Gorillaz' 'Dirty Harry' but strips it down to intimate handclaps and call-and-response vocals.

tinymusiccritic
80
Worth the price of admission for 'Chess' alone, Petite Noir's debut EP whets the appetite for his forthcoming full-length (which, incidentally, you can listen to here: http://www.npr.org/2015/09/02/436304494/first-listen-petite-noir-la-vie-est-belle-life-is-beautiful). The vocals are, of course, the main draw (and deservedly so - highly emotive and rangeful they are!), but there's plenty to admire in thenew-wave meets afro-pop fusion too. But that song 'Chess'. Wow. Did someone say "bona ... read more
PSHANDY
85
グッと来た。まさにBloc Partyが辿り付けなかった境地に彼はいとも簡単に到達してしまっている。
RaelThomas
NR
My favourite release of the year, so far. Brilliant.
Aoaystheory
89
This is my favorite EP so far this year (April) because every song is just as good as the last and they are all just about perfect. I'm really excited to hear more from this amazing new artist from 2015!
Warszawow
75
Une bulle maitrisée auquel je n'accroche pas et où je n'arrive pas à rentrer. La voix et le style de Petite Noir sont malgré tout à souligner.
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Track List

  1. Come Inside
  2. Chess
  3. Shadows
  4. Till We Ghosts
  5. The Fall
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