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Dan Le Sac – Space Between the Words album review

I tend to lose interest in an album I’m not in love with after the fourth or fifth song. No matter how good the songs are, if they aren’t what I’m craving at that exact moment, I usually can’t make it past the 15 minute mark. When I first started listening to Dan Le Sac’s new album, “Space Between the Words,” it wasn’t what I was craving.

The first track is Long Night of Life, a richly-produced song with handclaps and synthesizers featuring electro-folk singer Merz. It is complex, but not memorable.

Lucky for me, that one song was in no way a representation of the rest of the album. Le Sac is known for being half of hip hop duo dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip. Le Sac, born Daniel Stephens, does the production and programming for the pair, as well as some guitar and keyboards. That meant that for this solo album, without Scroobius Pip to provide his speedy, high pitched rap lyrics,

Dan Le Sac had to go out and gather up a team of guest vocalists. The result is spectacular, with so many different voices that no two songs are alike and with enough variety that even I could stay interested in it for all 50-minutes of music.

Track three is Memorial, which sounds like a darker Lana Del Rey. Emma The Great bellows haunting lyrics as a beat that borders between trip-hop and dub step repeats in the background.

Le Sac provide’s yet another sound with Hold Yourself Lightly, an instrumental track midway through the album that sounds like it should have Thom Yorke singing on it. Good Time Gang War is even closer to dub step than memorial, while Play Along is sugary and poppy.

“Space Between the Words,” even with its great degree of variation, does get a bit tiresome near the end, probably just because it doesn’t have a sense of unity to keep driving it forward. But it’s a success nonetheless, full of ideas, guests and potential for a great future in solo work for Le Sac.

By Brian Benton

Brian Benton is a student at Washington University in St. Louis, born and raised in the Bay Area. He likes writing, photography, biking, Andrew Jackson Jihad and Childish Gambino.

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