Dim the lights, grab your noise-cancelling headphones or your fully-immersive sound system and sink deep into your couch as you put this record on. It was made to be listened to as you cradle your head in hands and conjure up all of the feels, the hardships of the past and the aspirations for the future and embark on a journey of spiritual, emotional and existential self-exploration.
For A King and His Glory has all the makings of the type of introspective record which you’ll want to play to soften the blow of a breakup, to comfort you on a comedown or as you stare out into the rain from the window of a Megabus as you trail away from recently conceived emotions and memories, moving uncertainly towards the open sea of consequence that has become your life…
This album is striking in many ways. To begin with, the production of it as a whole has been masterfully executed. From start to finish the listener is cradled and comforted by the all-encompassing, dramatic density of the sound which defines Re Teu, something perhaps comparable to The XX meeting The Weeknd deep in the spiralling eye of a furious storm.
The spacious, airy feel of the record gives the palpable impression of being left out in the open, exposed to that which you can not control. Combined with the throbbing, reverberating energy being generated by the explosive, pulsating backing tracks (also produced by the man himself), the sense is that of feeling the thrust of waves crashing onto the shore as you stare out into the tempestuous ocean from atop a distant and desolate mountain top.
His voice is not to be overlooked either! Vocally, whether purposeful or not, Re Teu sometimes gets lost in the record’s soundscape, creating an air of mystique to his message and reinforcing the sense that this record is to be felt rather than understood intellectually. And boy oh boy do we feel it on the record’s title track where, in the midst of the storm, his distinctly husky, bass-baritone tone turns to a growl which you’ll feel from your plums to your crown chakra.
That is definitely the high-point of the record in my estimation, although ‘Body’ remains a personal favourite of mine. What a beauty of a track. The artist really lays it on the line here, admitting to the cold nature of one’s feelings towards a partner whose love can’t be received but who’s physical presence is longed for.
An all-out, heartfelt account and self-exploration of Re Teu’s mind, digging through the darkest, deepest recesses with an open, honest gaze, For A King and His Glory provokes us to do the same, to be true and kind to ourselves, to acknowledge the demons and those aspects of our person which we all try to mask.
My take on this record is that it indirectly invites us to strive toward an existence devoid of shame, guilt and suppression but, rather, one lived in accordance with what we truly are. This is a message to which we can all relate to an extent, one which has never been more urgent.
Bravo, Re Teu. You Good.
Review by Liam MacGregor
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