Bernie Levv’s second project, Golden Hour, is here. The “golden hour” has a few different meanings, one is a short window of time after a physical emergency, when miraculous medical interventions are possible. Another definition is specific to photography, it’s the time just before sunrise or sunset when the sun is near the horizon, and the light is warm. Musically in Chicago, the Golden Hour I’ve been waiting for occurred yesterday at around 1:30 when Bernie’s project dropped. She has a rich, special voice with eclectic taste and style. I can’t resist saying that I hear similarities to my fav singer, Chaka Khan, in Bernie’s low register. The project is 8 songs in length and she embraces many different vibes including soul, disco, hip hop and more. In a short interview with Ben Niespodziany included with the album’s premiere, he asked if she has a particular sound she’s going for in the Golden Hour, she answered, “Nope, I love them all so I’m going to do them all and I’m not going to box it in by connecting it to any specificity. I take this principle and apply it to all things in my life. I’m just going to do everything I want because as a human I have the right and ability to do so.” :pray:
The album was produced mostly by Kez The Dude, the lead single from Golden Hour that he produced, “Passing,” is a favorite of mine. The album features Netherfriends, Angelenah (aka Angel Davanport), Will Miller, Carter Lang and Carl. A couple more standout tracks for me are “Home” and “Watch On” featuring Carl of Hurt Everybody. Bernie has extraordinary potential, her instrument is beautiful and I hope you’ll all bask in the Golden Hour with her.