With the barrage of new music that infiltrates the Albumism staff’s collective eardrums on a daily basis, it’s inevitable that some amazing albums and songs will slip just outside of our purview from time to time. Thankfully, and largely due to the evangelism of the lovely Ms. Rosie Lowe, Duval Timothy’s third and latest long player Sen Am—released just a few weeks ago via his own Carrying Colour imprint—has not passed us by.
Inspired by the multi-dimensionally gifted artist’s dual residence in London and his father’s native stomping grounds of Freetown, Sierra Leone over the past two years, the 11-track Sen Am is a sublime, emotive suite of minimalist piano compositions and exquisitely crafted, multi-textured arrangements.
As a complement to Sen Am’s release, Timothy has just unveiled the enthralling video for “Return,” which while curiously not included on the album, offers a representative taste of the other songs contained therein. Filmed in Freetown and directed/edited by Timothy himself, the visuals “tell the story of a boy leaving his house and travelling around Freetown’s urban environment and eventually bringing back a plant to his compound where he plants it and is transported to a dream state where he is surrounded by great trees and greenery,” according to an official statement on Timothy’s website.
We wholeheartedly encourage you to watch the video for “Return” below, add the wonderful Sen Am and its precursors (2012’s DUKOBANTI and 2016’s Brown Loop) to your collection, and listen to Timothy’s chat with Lowe courtesy of Worldwide FM (here or below).