Brent Faiyaz Essentials

Brent Faiyaz Essentials

As lead singer of the R&B trio Sonder, producer and vocalist Brent Faiyaz flaunted his old soul, his evocative voice holding its own against new jack swing-inspired grooves and hovering over the spare synth beats that dominated R&B in the 2010s. The Maryland native’s wounded wail gained widespread notice on “Crew,” a sparkling collaboration with the D.C. MC GoldLink that used Faiyaz’s world-weary vocal as a counterpoint to swaggering verses. His solo work bears touchstones of soul past and present—silky harmonies on “Been Away,” smooth saxes on “L.A.”—while harboring a decidedly 21st-century melancholy.

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