After his Mercury-nominated debut, Obaro Ejimiwe’s second album, beset by breakups and self-doubt, felt like the product of a bad hangover. “It was a depressing record,” the south Londoner admitted recently. His third album doesn’t exactly radiate positivity but it does feel like a corrective of sorts, expressing tentative hopes for happier times. “Maybe my heart’s on the mend,” ventures one chorus. The mood, set by affectless guitars and minor-key piano, varies little over 10 tracks, but even when contemplating homelessness (on the title track) or foundering relationships (Yes, I Helped You Pack), Ejimiwe feels more at ease in his own melancholy.
Killian Fox writes about film, music and books, among other things, for various publications including the Observer, where he worked for two years