REVIEW: Kendall Elijah Dynamite – “hi, it’s me tomorrow”

Kendall Elijah Dynamite
hi, it’s me tomorrowLouisville is littered with undiscovered musical treasures and we at Never Nervous do our best to navigate the riches. The image of inept toddlers hunting down Easter eggs comes to mind; sometimes we miss out not for lack of effort, but for lack of time. But we lack neither time nor effort today. Today you can lean on us, let our rod and our staff comfort you. And let me tell you, we just unearthed that one fucking Easter egg that is jam packed with money, candy, gum and all sorts of other fly shit. Kendall Elijah Dynamite‘s hi, it’s me tomorrow, is that egg.Sober Beck meets drunken Mos Def seems like a decent approximation of Kendall’s sound; hazy instrumentation, self aware yet outward looking lyrics and off kilter tempos span the length of this 8 track album. More than earning style points for harnessing a cohesive sound that doesn’t easily fit into any one genre, Kendall is a story teller.

Track’s like “Wednesday,” and “Young Boy,” are examples of how Kendall can use subtle and nuanced lyricism to paint portraits. On “Wednesday,” Kendall shares recollections of youth and growing up in Maryland, with easy flowing rhymes matched to up-tempo, cadenced chants. On “Young Boy,” Kendall sings, “you better listen to what I must say/ cause you just a young boy running/ don’t know your way.” My interpretation is that a father who is conflicted over how to balance his own work, life and alcoholism with his parenting duties, is trying to give his son advice for how to live in the world. When Kendall says, “You’ll figure it out, everyone does, eventually,” it can be taken to more closely mean, “nobody understands what the fuck is going on here, at least we have each other.” Or maybe I missed the message. Again though, I don’t take this music as definitive and concrete, but rather open to interpretation.

While artists often make music as a snapshot of their own self expression, it is unique when music allows anyone to find themselves in their own interpretation of the art. hi, it’s me tomorrow, is suggestive without directing, abstract but not obscure, hands on yet just above the fray. On top of all this, he wrote, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered the record. Listen then support the album below via Kendall’s bandcamp, or check it out on Spotify.