Hailed by Fader for his “sweet and soulful” songwriting and “warm-toned” voice and by Pigeons & Planes as an “old soul with a timeless sound”, New York musician and producer Spencer Miles Abraham Allen, the brains behind Spencer., makes the kind of music that defies easy categorization. Take a listen to the twenty-year-old’s single Automatic, and you’ll hear the full depth and breadth of his range: there’s R&B in his velvety vocals, hip-hop in his off-kilter beats, funk in his effervescent basslines, and moody indie rock in his reverb-soaked guitar. His influences are eclectic to match, with everyone from Miles Davis to Thundercat getting a nod, and he writes, records, and produces nearly every element of his music himself. The result is a bold, emotionally riveting sound, one that’s steeped equally in alternative and pop, organic and digital, past and present.
Spencer. has just announced details of his forthcoming debut album Are U Down? available September 10th on 4AD and shares a first taste of the new music with the album’s first single Lonely As I Ever Was. The eleven songs that comprise Are U Down? blend R&B, hip-hop, funk, indie, pop, jazz and soul to create a sound that encompasses analogue and digital, past and present.
Stick around after the concert for a presentation of Cinema Ephemera.
For the full list of this summer's plaza performances, click here: bklynlib.org/plaza.
Photo credit: Matt Klahn (2021)
Central Library is closed to the public in the evening, and restroom facilities will be unavailable. Limited outdoor seating is available on a first come, first served basis. These performances will not be streamed.