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The Summer 2022 Music Room

New music from Kyla Charter, Mitch Davis, Joyful Joyful, and Kamikaze Nurse.

Kyla Charter—Edible Flowers

Edible Flowers (Independent) sounds like a summer fading. Kyla Charter’s debut album conjures the feeling of a sun going down. Across seven tracks, the Toronto soul singer repeats vocal motifs in a kind of loose chant, eschewing straightforward songwriting for a delicate, deconstructed R&B. Meditative and moving, the album is a quiet assertion of beauty on the horizon. Collaborating with the production trio Safe Spaceship, Charter wrote these songs in summer 2020 as an attempt to make sense of the world around her. They carry a distinct sense of grief. “You’ve been saving me since the day that I was born,” Charter sings to her sister on “Qwyn.” Mostly, she conveys emotion through wordless vocalizations and her heavenly vibrato, paired with jazzy bass lines, sweet keys and shuffling beats. The songs amble forward and circle back, occasionally sounding like one long, flowing composition ...

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