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Teen R&B oddball Corbin Smidzik (fka Spooky Black) has refocused his energy.
Working with Weeknd collaborator Doc McKinney, he hones his vocal talent, even going for some black metal-inspired screams. 

 ティーンR&BシンガーCorbin Smidzik(またの名をSpooky Black)が再びエネルギーを放出。


 Corbin Smidzik has been off the grid.
Transforming from a turtlenecked, viral R&B oddball into a reclusive crooner—one well equipped for apocalyptic times—isn’t something he could pull off while maintaining a Twitter presence or popping up at festivals.
So into the woods he went, a young man wrestling with an unwieldy public persona.
In 2013, when he was 15-years-old, Corbin first appeared online with Forest, an amateurish rap project released under his since-abandoned Spooky Black pseudonym that showcased his ear for ghoulish effects.
It scanned as an Americanized take on Yung Lean’s #sadboy opus Unknown Death 2002: decent production bogged down by crude and violent lyrics that flyover state teens were high on after the Odd Future boom.
He followed that several months later with Black Silk and abandoned the rap angle entirely, instead bringing to light his incredibly powerful voice, one that stirred up a cult following in short order.
Combining the young Minnesotan’s organic vocal talent with delightfully low-budget music video treatments, songs like “Without U” and “DJ Khaled Is My Father” earned Corbin fans in the inner-circles of Drake and the Weeknd.

 Corbin Smidzikはアンダーグラウンドから出てきた。
2013年、15歳の時Corbinがオンラインでデビュー。Spooky Blackという名義でも存在感を発揮。
ヤング・リーンのUnknown Death 2002で野蛮な暴力的歌詞を遺憾なく発揮。まるでOdd Futureのメンバーみたいに。
若いミネソタボーイはオーガニックボイスとB級MVで“Without U”や“DJ Khaled Is My Father”と言った曲でファンを獲得。主にドレイクやウィークエンドの界隈である。


Now working with Toronto-by-way-of-Minneapolis producer Doc McKinney, who teamed with the Weeknd during the House of Balloons era, Corbin has honed his sound and refocused his energy.
Gone are the days where a mention of the Spooky Black moniker merited a chuckle and an inquiry into just how serious we should take this teen with a bizarre aesthetic.
Under his government name, Corbin is nearly an entirely different entity.
He is driven by paranoia and isolation to some Vantablack levels of doom and gloom.

 プロデューサーのDoc McKinneyと協力し、ウィークエンドのチームのもとでエネルギーを貯め、サウンドに磨きをかけた。
Spooky Blackの時代は去っていったのである。そして我々はこの美しい奇妙なサウンドを受け入れていかないのだ。
Spooky BlackとCorbinは別の存在になったのである。


Corbin’s new album Mourn follows a loose narrative wherein our protagonist builds a bunker for himself and his lover to wait out the apocalypse.
The protagonist passes away in a plane crash before things go belly up, and his lover dies alone.
If you’re looking for a silver lining in the plot, you won’t find one, but the record does have some positive attributes elsewhere.
Most notably, Corbin continues to carve out his signature sound vocally, cornering the market on world-weary vocal strain as an R&B approach.



Tonally, this material feels like a manifesto of sorts.
But there’s still room for Corbin to grow.
With pulsating, gothic production throughout from Shlohmo and D33J, Mourn is an end-times tale told with a youthful energy that contrasts its finality with freshness.
It’s an industrial R&B soundtrack that would not sound out of place in Lars von Trier’s ode to impending doom, Melancholia, but coded through the hectored mind-frame of a young person growing up in the brutal reality we currently occupy.
These are teenaged ruminations on the futility of a life without love, a showing of so many feelings fully felt but only half-formed.



80年代のソウルのアイコンKeith Sweat、そしてアングララップヒーローLil Ugly Mane、そしてドレイク。このアーティストに影響を受けた。




Mourn [Explicit]

Mourn [Explicit]