I can see a future in you: Nuwanda by Little Paper Cone
Some synths reminding me of the sound of laser tag guns and the echolike high pitched vocals singing “did you get that feeling?” joined by strange “awws” and similar strange sounds make me think that for some moments Dane, or let’s call him by his artistic name, Little Paper Cone, didn’t belong to reality.
In the first solo album called Nuwanda by one half of Afro Darlings you can find tracks written by himself or in collaboration with several artists. This is something that called my attention since I still feel that this is a very lonely album. let me explain why: when Dane presented it in his wonderful post titled “Why I broke up with Pitchfork and the like”, he wrote: “Music has always been many things for me, both escapism and confrontation. A haven to retreat into, or find strength and truth in. The second I stop making music for me, and start making it for the benefit of others, I trade a little too much of my true self in that transaction and that isn’t something I’m even remotely interested in.” This can be clearly seen in Nuwanda: while in the Afro Darling EPs everything sounded very neat and I didn’t need a lot of time to get the essence of their music, I had to listen to Nuwanda around ten times to get an idea of what it transmits to me. Little Paper Cone doesn’t want to sound appealing and makes it clear. Instead, he is making music that emerges from the very deep of himself with the main focus in creativity, authenticity and independence
The backing vocals are one of the elements that caught my attention from the very the first time I listened to the album. When the opening track, “Day”, starts, they are already there, then they leave and come back and leave again, as if they were a ghost, sounding haunting and slightly disturbing. When for example, in “Live for Paper” everything is very peaceful, with this very calming keyboard and a simple beat hysterical backing vocals makes a contrast and in this way they kind of hammer the listeners mind. For what I said until now, you may think that this is a somber album but it is thanks to the particular beats of each song that lightens the dense melodies to make the album flow easily.
I would say that this is a messy album in a positive way because it doesn’t go to the extreme of being chaotic. It is disorganized in the sense that there are many sudden changes, even within one song, and also because there is a constant fusion and antagonism between negative thoughts reflected in the vocals and the amusing experimentation. This results in the sensation that he is doing all this subconsciously and that everything is just floating without a solid base. However, you realize that this is just a personal sensation, that actually everything is very well planned and that there is a lot of effort involved in it. Do you want to listen to music that is different and has a personality? Listen to Nuwanda please.
Also, he is the only one who could possibly make me like something of Lana Del Rey, even if it is just a sample.