Corbin Smidzik, otherwise known as Spooky Black, returns to the RnB scene with his best project to date. Corbin has been releasing tracks since late 2013, gaining huge momentum on SoundCloud and youtube. Becoming a b-list internet celebrity, his music began getting huge coverage during 2014. After a few mediocre mixtapes and collaborations, he finally releases a great project, choosing to abstain from rap completely and emphasize his voice.
Corbin arrives, starting the album out strong with my personal favorite track, ICE BOY. Weaving together powerful vocals and a smooth, simple beat, Corbin creates contrast in a beautifully solemn tribute to runaway love.
As the album progresses, Corbin’s straining vocals and emotional delivery continues to impress. On Mourn, Corbin features much smoother and slower vocal deliveries with a similar emo-synth beat that wraps into another great gut wrencher.
Corbin continues taking steps to distinguish this album from his other projects thus far. His vocals and delivery take massive leaps in the right direction, pushing his vocal boundaries. The Aesthetic of this album is impeccable, beautifully displaying a post-apocalyptic emotional wasteland.
On the track something safe, we have the privilege of hearing Corbin collaborating with Antwon, an exciting meet-up between two underground forces in the music community. Antwon’s somber, slow rapping compliments Corbin’s wailing, melancholy vocals perfectly. It seems that with albums like Heavy Hearted in the Doldrums, and The End of Earth, that Antwon matches Corbin’s aesthetic seamlessly. These two were simply made for each other.
The immaculate production on this album is nothing surprising, as it’s composed of veteran producers Shlomo and D33J. Another fantastic pairing, the producers slow, bare-bones beats fill the tracks up perfectly. The producers match the tone of Corbin’s vocals marvelously, helping to complete this desperate love story.
An eerie and depressing journey through Corbin’s numerous romantic interactions while preparing for the end of the world, this album perfectly captures heavily bluesy R&B while giving the album his own gothic personality.
If nothing else, this album should leave you excited for the future of Corbin’s career. Although I personally loved the upbeat R&B that Corbin laid down in the bonus track off black silk, “Personal Touch,” to see him put so much time into a project is fantastic. From the beginning of his viral fame, it was apparent that Corbin had many talents that needed to be buffed out, and it appears that he’s finally found his polished sound.