City Girl - Somnolent Nova
Jan 20, 2019
82
As someone who has forced his way through hours and hours of lofi hip hop, my main problem with the genre is that it sounds so unfinished and bare a lot of the time. Often the songs feature a piano sample, some basic ass precussion, some vinyl white noise and perhaps a vocal sample. It just sounds off to me, even when done "right" it feels off. So I am delighted to have found City Girl, one of the few lofi hip hop artist who seem to put some extra love into their songs, and Somnolent Nova is the best example of this yet.
The songs don't necessarily feature any more elements than then ones I listed. But it's how they're used, how they're mixed. The songs actually feel alive, with fluid changes in the production. Ambient soundscapes fill the room that the main guitar or piano melody can't. And speaking of those main melodies, they're always conforting and soft, like floating on top a pink cloud.
There's just something about City Girl in particular that makes me understand why lofi hip hop has become such a trend. Somnolent Nova is one of the very few records in this genre that I can say I love, and I think you should give it a shot if you, like me, think there's nothing of value to be found in it.
1 Comment
Jun 16, 2019
I first listened to City Girl because I loved the album art. A few moments into the first song (On the Train Somewhere Between My Apartment and You, Loveless Shadows) I knew I had found something wonderful. I had never heard of the genre LowFi Hip-Hop until I read your review. I’m listening to Somnolent Nova as I write. I have to find out who the artists are, I want to write music like this...
Liked By
More Reviews by EntryIncomplete
City Girl - Chroma Velocity
80
Jun 21, 2019
City Girl - Celestial Angel
48
Dec 13, 2018
City Girl - Neon Impasse
73
Dec 12, 2018
City Girl - Snow Rose
76
Dec 9, 2018
City Girl - Loveless Shadows
72
Dec 9, 2018
Rate and review albums along with your friends. Create an account.
Become a Donor
Donor badge, no ads + more benefits.
Hide Ads
Also Reviewed By
MinatoArisato
SmooglyReviews
Hide Ads
Popular Albums
Lady Gaga - Chromatica
Lady Gaga
Chromatica
The 1975 - Notes on a Conditional Form
The 1975
Notes on a Conditional Form
Gunna - WUNNA
Gunna
WUNNA
Carly Rae Jepsen - Dedicated Side B
Carly Rae Jepsen
Dedicated Side B
Perfume Genius - Set My Heart on Fire Immediately
Perfume Genius
Set My Heart on Fire Immediately
Charli XCX - how i'm feeling now
Charli XCX
how i'm feeling now

May Playlist
Forums