This Nevermen article was written by Luke Priestley, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Evie Myers.
A project devised by TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, Faith No More’s Mike Patton and Doseone A.K.A Nevermen have just released their debut album, a very long awaited album at that. Having started recording in 2008 when Adebimpe and Doseone met in a Brooklyn warehouse with Patton, then getting involved in the project later down the line, the self-tited LP was finally released in late January 2016.
‘Nevermen’ wouldn’t be described as fitting into any one particular genre. Almost conceptual and alien at points, this album has strange faded vocals, strong beats and bizarre samples floating across many genres and is an absolute feast for the ears. Dabbling in experimental hip-hop and smooth sounds with hints of indie and acoustic; at points it feels as if Elbow and Young Fathers have done a collaboration; throw a mish-mash of wind-chime and drum samples into the mix with a few eastern sounds and odd synths and there you have Nevermen.
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It’s one of those LP’s that you don’t quite know how to feel about, inventive and different but distracted and erratic at points. That being said, ‘Mr Mistake’, ‘Tough Towns’, the two singles from the album and ‘Dark Ear’ are the highlights of the LP; strong beats, catchy and different. Despite this, the rest of the album is still worth a few spins because with each listen it begins to make more sense, songs which on first listen are seemingly random slowly piece together to reveal an underlying musical understanding.
The important thing is seeing the musical influences of all three members on the album; the beats and hip-hop from Doseone with faded hints of TV on the Radio and in some songs like ‘Mr Mistake’ the strong sound of Faith No More comes through as well. Only once you appreciate this and you’ve experienced the album a few times, can you finally applaud the quality of the LP.
‘Nevermen’ is now available through Lex Records.