Song You Need To Know: Jelani Aryeh’s ‘Patagonia’ - EpicNews

Over the comparatively transient runtime of “Patagonia,” Jelani Aryeh covers a staggering vary of feelings. In the midst of a single verse, he’ll pivot from plaintive, open-hearted crooning to near-sneering swagger, throughout a fluid beat that brings its stuttering drums out and in with abandon. Jelani is simply 19 — it’s exhausting to sing with a voice this pure with out some youth in your facet — however he’s put collectively a debut EP, Helvetica, with the boldness of a way more established artist. He’s troublesome to categorize within the genre-agnostic mould of Frank Ocean, and cites artists like Kevin Summary and Toro Y Moi as his major influences, seemingly as a lot for his or her multi-disciplinary DIY method to creating artwork as for his or her music itself. Although there’s lots to love on Helvetica (“Earl Gray” particularly is one other standout), “Patagonia” is the perfect introduction to his music: earnest and deft and stuffed with promise.