TOUSSAINT MORRISON debuts the first single “New Gods” from his new upcoming album. Toussaint‘s flow ebbs across layered textures of pianos, keys and electronic pulses. The female accompaniement fades into a sea of Electronic Dance inspired sounds, adding a different depth to the track.
A combination of Hip Hop, Electronica and Soul, “New Gods” covers the diversity of Toussaint Morrison’s complex sound. An unchecked adolescent roamed Blockbuster in the mid 90’s, renting anime (such as Akira) against his mothers wishes just before running off to the Mall Of America to break curfew and galavant the arcades ’til midnight. Toussaint Morrison reflects not only the lighter side of his past, but the moments that tie into his most trying years as an adult to weigh in on deciding if heartlessness is a cure to heartbreak down the line.
New Gods, featuring Moon & Pollution lead singer Molly Dean and McNally Smith opera prodigy Chersti Rydning, caravan Morrison’s voice through a village of memories that have clearly kept him up at night, writing throughout the day, and most likely drinking before sleep. Can a song reference too many damn video game references? Toussaint answers the call, as well as carving the picture into the fog of a night on his own. Regardless of his answer, New Gods is more than worth the listen. Like Midnight Marauders, we suggest you follow suit and listen during sundown.
Toussaint Morrison had a plan. It was to release 5 mix tapes and then immediately release original (non-sampled) material alongside his producer & adventure capitalist Dr. Wylie. Then, 2015 happened, (several anxiety attacks, the loss of his grandmother, acting alongside Judy Greer and Woody Harrelson in the movie Wilson, etc.) dumping said plans into a vat of floating good intentions, heartbreak, and self-sabotage. This pitted Morrison with the challenge of finishing the songs he wanted to put out, or confronting matters at hand and writing the songs he had to write. Alas, it was the latter.
Lesser Restoration is a short album consisting of 10 songs surrounding Morrison’s past year and fistful of months. Littered with lamenting his birthplace of New Orleans, consoling a relationship ending with moving trucks, and speaking to “sittin’ in a room full of white smiles, waiting for permission to hope”, Morrison’s new album speaks to the vulnerability of reconstructing your identity apart from a life partner and exploring whiteness in Minnesota. Lesser Restoration considers the advantages of being heartbroken rather than heartless, unlawful than law-abiding, and (to quote Ice Cube) dying standing up than on your knees.