After leaving us in suspense with talking about his first full-length release, Anfernee boarded a plane to Europe but left behind personal anecdotes of his life in the form of his self-titled album.
More surprising than the sudden release of the tape is how meticulous and exact the minimal production is on the entire project. There’s twinkling pianos and organs on the anxious opener, “Small House,” “Faux Kit,” and the sparse “Like You Used To.” Also surprising is how unafraid he is to be completely transparent about his life in majority of the songs. Anfernee is bound to paint a full color portrait of the struggles of worrying about a secure family life while at college and name dropping girls that catch his attention all over “Candle Lit Room”
The strengths of this self title release is the use of very tight harmonies all over the mixtape. “Gentrify” is a slow burning, smooth track that moves the release into a calmer atmosphere and on “Joy and Happiness” that sounds like a slice of 90s neo soul. However the melodies on “Addicted” don’t seem to lock in completely during the duration of the track. The main weakness of the album is that influences of Chance the Rapper and Childish Gambino come across more as replication of their tracks. The chorus of “Small House” follows a similar blueprint to Chance’s “Good Ass Intro.” which isn’t necessarily a bad thing but doesn’t help in establishing cred as a producer.
Overall, “Anfernee.” is a consistent project that introduces you to a young Carolina boy just wishing that sometimes a day in the life gets easier. Hopefully, when he gets back from France, we get another installment of this rapper’s tales.
Donovan “Crescendo” Taylor