d’Eon // Al Qiyamah
As if we needed anymore unhinged pop brilliance in our lives, d’Eon has appeared recently in anticipation of his upcoming album, titled ‘LP’. He obviously spends all of his creative energies creating music. His eccentric, druggy jams are just about brilliant enough to warrant a description as a male parallel of Grimes, a comparison which is even more intriguing considering they released a split LP last year, and both hail from Montreal.
Musically, though, although Grimes and d’Eon are both treading the same inventive path, they do so whilst managing to sound completely accessible. “Al Qiyamah”, for example, is a reverential pursuit of spiritual fulfilment, but is never obtuse or obscure. Instead, d’Eon is taking the simplest of ideas and twisting them into his own warped musical creations. Spread over eight minutes, it’s an absolute epic of Lord-of-the-Rings-esq proportions, yet so many ideas are crammed in that the length doesn’t feel self-indulgent. “Transparency Pt II” is far more straightforward but just as inspiring, like a stuttering, R&B infused Jai Paul. The man is certainly doing his own thing, and you’ve got to respect that, at the very least.