It’s never too early to be annoyed by Christmas.
Just because Theresa May isn’t a fan, it doesn’t mean we don’t love him. Tyler, The Creator has proved, time and time again, that he is able to capture our hearts despite not being a “public good”. Although Tyler isn’t the most “Christmassy” person known to man, having a song literally titled Fuck This Christmas, Tyler has opened his heart to the festive season by being a contributor for the new Grinch movie. On top of this, Tyler has produced his own album titled Music Inspired by Illumination & Dr Seuss’The Grinch alongside artists Ryan Beatty, Santigold and Jerry Paper. As a big Tyler fan, this sudden love for the jolly Xmas season is certainly an interesting twist.
The first track Whoville immediately sets the holly-jolly-vibe for the album. It is a short instrumental which is driven by a soothing piano that allows the jingle to flow gracefully into the next track, Lights On. Santigold provides a majority of the vocals and gives this one a bouncy sleigh-ride feel. Just as the album begins, it closes with an equally calm and jolly instrumental, adorably titled Cindy Lou’s Wish. The opening and closing tracks are definitely my favourite and showcase Tyler’s abilities as a musician. The bells that feature in the Gloves Come Off made me feel as if I was already sat around a Christmas fire, with a drink in hand and a warm smile on my face.
Big Bag certainly differs slightly from the friendly vibe of the rest of the album. It can be categorized as being “old Tyler” and like the majority of “old Tyler” tracks, it is what I would consider to be a bop. It removes the now accustomed piano, bells etc. that the other tracks feature and in its place is a reoccurring synth that appears again in Cindy Lou’s Wish. The variation in styles is welcomed and separates the album from your classic holiday release.
This short album has a solidvibe and even whilst being a slightly different Tyler release, retains a verywholesome vibe. The mix in tones from the heavy beat of Big Bag to the more festive jingles, there is something on thisrecord for everyone. I certainly wouldn’t feel bad playing this album as my dadcarved the turkey, even he would find a track on this ten-minute masterpiecethat he would enjoy.