The musical journey of an artist is rarely straightforward, often bouncing around in collaborations and singles before landing on a full album. Before knowing who L-like was, I had already heard her work before in the song “Take Care” by george ft SUMIN which she produced.
Olive is her first album and a chance to create a musical narrative. Interestingly, she introduces us to the album with a classical music approach.
We are led into L-like’s album with a serene piano, reminiscent of a scene in a movie where a character has a small existential crisis. It’s simple and layered over with pizzicato and, curiously enough, a flash of electric zapping sounds panning from ear to ear. As “Harmonic” progresses, it grows both warmer and eerier. Where are we going? Is this a promise of what’s to come?
It’s an interesting choice to start with a song like “Harmonic” for a producer’s first album. Because right afterward, we are led into what L-like is more well known for; a groovy, jazzy vibe colored by the voices of her collaborators. Similar to the unexpected electronic and nontraditional sounds sprinkled into “Harmonic,” L-like slips clever moments into her tracks that are ear candy to find in the overall groove of her music.
The palette of the vocalists in her album ranges from the raspy voice of sogumm, to the sharpness of SUMIN, to the warm baritone of WOON. Interestingly she also has a collaboration with hip hop artist Khundi Panda on a track that is equally as sleek as his voice.
Still, sprinkled between these vocal tracks, L-like reminds us of “Harmonic” through the instrumental tracks “Espresso Build” and “Butterfly.” Both tracks have a more groovy sound to them compared to the classical sound of “Harmonic” and work as smooth transitions between the collaborative songs.
This was overall a very warm album, especially with the vocalists L-like chose to feature and the instrumental tracks. Filled with distinct voices and instrumental songs that flex her ability in arrangement, it’s an impressive milestone in the producer’s career and one that has convinced me to anticipate whatever she puts out next.