Erika de Casier – Sensational

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Album cover for Erika de Casier "Sensational"

Some records are made for late nights in dimly lit rooms, sultry soundtracks for caresses that last forever. Yet when you revisit those records in daylight, you find words filled with hurt and longing.

Sensational is one of those slow and sexy albums that is so much more than slow and sexy. Dig deep and the lyrics explore the countless challenges of finding love. Sure, some of the songs are seductive (“Friendly” gave me chills), but more often than not, de Casier sings about longing and selfish partners and the aftermath of not feeling those butterflies when you kinda wish you did.

It takes enormous courage to create an album that surrenders to a single mood. Producer Natal Zaks and de Casier embrace this courage, from the opening guitar notes of “Drama” to the electronic fadeout of “Call Me Anytime.” The songs stand as individual works, but they flow sensually together and create that mood of late-night connections in dimly lit rooms.

(I’m delighted to see de Casier is signed to 4AD. Although Sensational is marketed as an R&B record, like so many artists on the label, this transcends genres.)

Released: May 21, 2021

About Chuck

Chuck is a lifelong music lover. He spent his 20s working as a professional musician before discovering he enjoys listening to music more than playing it. He knows a little bit about most genres, though electronic dance music, rock, and hip-hop are his favorites. Eleven albums/shows that transformed how he sees and hears the world (in order he encountered them): Fleetwood Mac Rumours; Van Halen Fair Warning; The Cure Standing on a Beach; John Coltrane Crescent; De La Soul Three Feet High and Rising; Puccini La Boheme (de los Angeles, Bjorling, Beecham); Everything but the Girl Walking Wounded; Carl Cox, Twilo, NYC, May 2000; Godspeed You! Black Emperor Yanqui U.X.O.; Grateful Dead. Fillmore East, NYC, April 1971; Taylor Swift 1989.

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