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Nelum Playlist got an exclusive first listen of Drew Allen's “All The Girls I Loved Vol. 2.” It’s set to be publicly released tomorrow, Thursday the 7th of December, so keep an eye out because you will not be disappointed. The release date falls on the same day as the "birthday of his beloved ma," adding even more feel good vibes to the already incredible energy currently oozing out of our speakers here at the den. We can't lie, these tracks that you will soon be able to listen to are not listen once, then shelf them type of songs. They are undeniably playlist worthy; intricate and unique in structure, yet relatable and familiar in terms of the story each track tells.
Drew Allen's Vol. 2 is an exceptional example of a strong, cohesive project that leaves the traditional album form behind, which can usually be riddled with fillers to create a "worth your money" illusion. As music lovers, we want direct access to great art, and Drew doesn’t have us wasting our precious time skipping through a 12 track collection of half-assed produced songs in search of reasons to align ourselves with him and his work.
Since each track included in Vol. 2 "came from such a real place, developing the music came quite easily” to Drew. Probably the only time it might have gotten difficult for him was deciding on an effective format for "Break It Easy," which veered away from a “typical song arrangement of two verses, three hooks, and a bridge." He opted to only include "one verse, and the song shifts," a bold, audience attention-holding move. Its uncommon production is probably the reason why listeners should expect “Break It Easy” as the lead single, and also probably why although the album as a whole weighs heavy in exceeding current R&B standards, we agree that “Break It Easy, along with Non'a They Business, and Not Good For You" were the undeniable numbers that’ll hook you.
Drew Allen allowed this project to develop organically, stating that "it took me some time to realize that all of the songs in Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 were about specific people." The track list order is reminiscent of Rihanna's transformation between albums, from a goodie into a baddie, but compressed within the length of roughly 30 minutes. "Vol. 2 picks up where Vol. 1 left off, continuing the hopeless romantic, heartbroken feel, and gradually transitioning into the I don't give a fuck anymore kind of attitude." Think about it, this seems like the definitive self-discovery moment in Drew's personal life and music career that will set him up for even more honest, uncontrived offerings in his future.
Photo Credit: @Cody.Babcock instagram.com/cody.babcock
Every creative has a vision, and sometimes the best way for that to manifest is to include oneself in every aspect of the process possible, so as a true independent artist, Allen decided not to only topline write the entire EP, but also produce each track on the project as well. When asked about what studio he recorded at, and the engineers he worked with, Drew Allen humorously replied "the whole project was recorded at this amazing state of the art studio in Dublin, CA named Drew's room, and was mixed and mastered by the world renowned engineer by the name of Drew Allen. LOL!" And where did he acquire these skills? Well, he can thank his mother, who was a recording engineer herself.
Kevin Curro (@Kd0gg) and Tristan Custodio (@TrizzzzTannnn) were entrusted to bring Vol. 2 to visual reality. Looking back at the amazing work done by videographer Adrian Per (@omgadrian) for "Sophia," Marco Bercasio (@MarcoBercasio), Director of Photography for "Sara," and Allen contributing his creative direction, we are excited to experience another layer of his mind, heart, and soul. He truly shines and more importantly, is believable on camera. Check out his previous music video offerings for self-confirmation just in case you think we’re kissing ass. LOL!
When it came to choosing the right instrumentals, Drew utilized the beat work of FabeStar (@ProdFabeStar) for five of the six tracks on Vol. 2 because "he's got a great RnBass sound that I really connect with," and for the perfect blend of Pop and RnB on “Not Good For You, Allen looked to the talent of Omito (Omitobeats).
In terms of promotional art, Allen once again reached out to Cody (Cody.Babcock), an incredible photographer responsible for Vol. 1's cover, content material, and performance shots. "I'm super privileged to have him as my photographer because even with a schedule full of headlining artists as clients, he manages to make time for me." For styling, Drew turned to Iman (ImanBenet), "a super talented creative director who helps take my one little idea and expounds it into a full concept."
Don’t make the mistake of not knowing who Drew Allen is because we’re betting that this guy is going places, and “All The Girls I Loved Vol. 2” is his catapult. We can almost smell the blood, sweat, and tears turn into the smell of sweet success. Nelum Playlist readers, all you got to do is patiently wait for the collection to drop, quickly scoop it up, and then wade in its sonic glory. Happy body rolling!
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