Coming on the back its recently released lead single ‘Louder’ which has been supported by BBC 1Xtra, Clash Music, Dummy Magazine, Highsnobiety, Hunger Magazine and Earmilk among others, North London alternative Pop/R&B singer and songwriter, and BRIT School alumni Brook Baili is proud to release her debut EP titled Phases, which is out now via Mainframe Music. The 5-track offering sees Brook Baili collaborating with fast-rising producer SAMPL, who has previously worked with the likes of Skepta, Shystie and Ms Banks, on all five songs on the record, to deliver a glorious representation of her own unique blend of alternative Pop/R&B music and compelling songwriting, which she first introduced us to, on ‘Louder’ only a few weeks ago, to rave reviews.
The EP opens in dramatic fashion with ‘Haunted’, backed by atmospheric piano arrangements, dense drum patterns and Baili’s ethereal vocals, and leads into the catchy and up-tempo love song ‘We Run Deep’, with its infectious acoustic guitar instrumentation, while the dancehall-flavoured house track ‘Cycles’, which Baili described as “the most profound song on here”, marks the EP’s half-way point. The EP’s lead single ‘Louder’ begins the second half of the record, and it is no wonder that the moody and sultry bass-driven R&B offering has been receiving rave reviews and acclaim from fans and critics alike, since its release. Closing in stark contrast to how it started, the EP ends on the lively ‘Higher’, with its catchy chorus and infectious summertime musical backdrop.
Speaking about the inspiration for her Phases EP, Brook Baili says, “I wanted to tell stories based on where I’m at in my life right now and all the experiences that got me to this point. I wanted to capture the various phases we go through in life – highs, lows, love, joy, and pain – in my music. Sonically, this project is a reflection of my personality and me expressing myself in the way I want musically, which I haven’t been able to do previously until this point”. According to Baili, “We all go through different phases in life, where we feel different emotions, and when creating this project I wanted to share some of the different phases I have experienced. The project has two sides, the light side and the dark side, two contrasting sounds that when together, complement each other into completion. The light cannot exist without the dark, which is why I wanted to create music for both moods”.