R.LUM.R: The Afterimage EP Review

Quick hit: Classical Guitarist turned Spotify R&B sensation; R.LUM.R (pronounced R-Lamar) releases his first full EP, Afterimage. Full of fun synths, and lovey-dovey lyrics, Afterimage is a quick six-track project that’s an easy listen for the simpy R&B lover in all of us.

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Our 2 Favorites (that weren’t released as singles):

  1. Bleed Into The Water | Produced by R.LUM.R & Stint
  2. Suddenly | Produced by ?

Disclaimer: We take 3 days minimum listening to a project to allow it to fully digest. We aim to give you insightful and useful information, so we refrain from rushing.

Afterimage
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 R.LUM.R – Afterimage: The Review

After a couple hit singles over 2015 and 2016, R&B breakout star, R.LUM.R has finally released a complete piece of work. Afterimage comes to us as a six track EP. R.LUM.R’s completed work introduces the world to the talented artist that has racked up 1,085,622 monthly listeners on Spotify. His most successful track, Frustrated has a little over 15 million plays.

The EP is full of modern sounding tweaks: buzzing synths and pitch altered vocals, but has enough classic guitar undertones that would make for a great, Spotify Session: R.LUM.R acoustic version, (HINT, HINT SPOTIFY).

The Tracks

The opening track and 1/3 singles from the EP, Love Less walks us through a “self-aware” moment of that dreaded, “it’s not me, it’s you” moment. “I know that all you wanted was affection/Something I could never do.” We get a little more chipper on Learn, “It’s never gonna be too late/To learn to love each other.” A favorite track of mine, Close Enough talks about a lover that knows they can get away with murder and still have a place in your life. “You come, you go/Whenever you please, whenever you need to/You stay cause you know it’s hard for me to disagree with you.” (We all have that one).

Overall, Afterimage is a good look at the direction R&B is taking. A little electronic, some soulful vocals, and a sprinkle of cynical love lyrics. With acts like Bryson Tiller and Khalid preceding him, R.LUM.R looks like he could be here to stay.

Afterimage is available on Spotify, SoundCloud, and Apple Music.

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