Review: [MIXTAPE] AMBRE — 2090's
Budding R&B Singer and TSNMI signee Ambre Perkins Dropped her new project this morning at midnight, and it is rather unique.
From the first track “Telly” which has an intro of her checking into a motel, you can quickly tell that this Artist isn’t looking for her sound; she’s definitely carved out her sonic footprint with certainty, with traces of her NOLA swagger dripping from each bar and the sweeping synths reminiscent of her fearless leader, Kehlani’s preferred production style. I say reminiscent, because while it is definitely inspired by her sound, along with a touch of a OVO sensibility, it is by no means a carbon copy; she treads the genre with brand new shoes, and it shows, never sounding cliche, yet at the same time sounding like an aural hat tip to those who have walked that path before.
The project is very much an R&B project, and there’s no ambiguity to that; sure, there is the occasional trapped out production, a la Rihanna, but the approach to even those songs are very smooth, whether the young 19 year old uses a stabby stacatto rap sing, such as the “Caddilac Interlude” or the silky harmionies applied to the hooks of “Yeah”. Since about 60 percent of the project favors a slower, more ambient sound, it’s very easy to get bored of the aesthetic of that particular sound, which is something it seems that the inventive singer took into account, using the unique subject matter of her songs and her lush vocal production to her advantage, something very apparent in the song “Cinderella”, a song about the realities of love, or the Aaliyah inspired “Goody Goody” which switches up very well in its bridge, using the sample in the beat to shift the smooth track into a more upbeat, almost dancy, number. One of the key standouts to me, however, is a an interlude void of any track at all until the last 15 seconds; “Bankroll Interlude” is a harmony heavy accapella track about the woes of sacrificing a trustworthy friendship circle for the dollar.
The tape isn’t without flaw; due to the mellow manner of the entire project, you really have to in the mood for something like this, and if you are expecting something else, you might be disappointed. She does make an effort of keeping it moving, and a majority of the songs aren’t too long. I felt that some of the songs showed glimpses of what it would sound like if Ambre were to explore different sounds, but it didn’t go past that.
Overall, I thought the tape was a great smooth listen, and I can’t wait to watch this young artist grow.