I feel you Dylan, thanks for reading. One of the remarkable things about ‘Black Messiah’ that you may already know is that it is recorded completely in analog. On tapes. No digitization whatsoever. The whole album triggers strong emotional and physical responses from me, and I think that, in addition to D’Angelo’s musicianship and song writing, the analog recording process is a big factor.
I would love to explore the science of digital music, and whether you can truly have “soul” music that’s digital.