Raleigh, NC Producer linanthem Announces ‘sonder’ Album, Out 3/24
February 10, 2023 BY Jason Currell
Today, Raleigh, NC-based artist linanthem announces his upcoming album, the introspective sonder out via Nettwerk on March 24. Blending lofi, dance, jazz, funk and future beats, the 14-track project is his first with Nettwerk, and longest since his 2020 project sonnets from the south (HERE).
“I started to develop the concept of this album in the winter of 2020,” explains linanthem. “’sonder’ tells the story of a 20-year-old going day in and out trying desperately to conduct himself in a society he seems very distant from. To be in a room full of friends and still very alone and distant. Feelings of days gone by. A feeling of blasé. Throughout the album, there are themes of feeling like a ghost in a shell.”
Along with the album announcement, linanthem shares his latest single “to make amends.” The woozy track features snippets of a brief monologue that he addressed to himself. He begins chillingly, saying, “I’ve been thinking a lot about, how do you make amends to something that you can’t make better?”
linanthem describes the beat as “an underwater groove,” painting a picture for listeners of the monologue fighting for airtime, but continuing to be drowned out by the wobbly, synth-heavy instrumentation.
“to make amends” is available at digital retailers here: https://linanth3m.ffm.to/tomakeamends
01. wind in my sails
02. over skies
03. searching for
04. to make amends
05. patience & affirmation
06. if i
07. take a chance
08. own pace
09. wake up
10. call my name
11. you asked how I felt
13. you (with Sr.Sn)
14. it’s the letting go
Lofi music producer linanthem crafts relaxed instrumentals that pay homage to lofi’s hip-hop predecessors while pushing the genre forward. His style evokes a spiritual blend of influences rooted in the foundation of J. Dilla, Nujabes, and Clams Casino. Like watching the rain fall or tending to a garden, his songs are mystical, philosophical, and relaxed in nature. The Raleigh, North Carolina resident shapes each release with a blend of sample-driven bumps, cinematic instrumentals, and meditative dreamscapes. Press play and grow. Close your eyes and float.