Yoome – The Boredom of Me.


Yoome - The Boredom of Me.

The idea to bring a Chicago rapper and a New Zealand folk singer together is surely a gallant one. With so much of our newest music recalling so much of our other newest music, creating something unique and entirely fresh seems mostly impossible. And whether or not you can truly love an album like The Boredom of Me. is a particular opinion but the creation of Yoome and the music amassed on here is, above all, unique.

A song like “Debt” winningly marries the two’s singular styles: Serengeti plays the role of brash rapper and he is often found altering his cadence, flow and tone to the role he is conveying. On the other side of the bed is Renee Louise Carafice, a sultry-voiced singer who is ready to play the supporter, lover, confidant, etc. In a time where we find ourselves at some of our lowest economic pressures, the aforementioned song rings true. “Debt, you live every day in debt. You are indebted to me; you are indebted to me and the bank. You walk in debt…you will never get out of debt” sings Carafice, in an unapologetic, matter-of-fact resonance, while the lo-fi pop and fizzle of the music lends its hand.

A lot of the songs are constructed in a somewhat formulated approach. And most of the time, the music stumbles from being too same-y and jointly, subdued. The only genuinely upbeat song is the bouncy “Freeganism,” where Serengeti and Carafice sing together in an energetic manner. The music is fulfilled with a nice array of percussion that features hi-hat, rim-tapping and a pulsing bass. But other than that, the rest of the music is too laid-back for its own good.

“Downbytheelbank” is stalled with repetitive phrasing and the same, recurring pattern that never seems to end. Serengeti does poorly by choosing to consistently repeat, “Reminds me of that sh*t” over and over and the music does nothing better with a lowly trace of buzzing to support his chant. “Beautiful Ending” doesn’t do its song title justice with lazy speaking and uninspiring music and on the album’s opposite side; “Dubai” has some of the worst choice of beats on the entire album.

The pair finds success when they are each sharing roles and the best songs showcase this. “Whiskey and Peppermints” has a wistful keyboard part that definitely envelopes Carafice’s vocals nicely, while “Amsterdamn” has some of the best combining vocals the two concocted. On the latter, Carafice sings the high part while Serengeti whispers unexpected truths and everything is backdropped with the sound of children laughing.

This is a challenging listen and depending on the listener, the repeated listens could either be worthwhile or pointless. For all of the strange pairings, most seem to work and while some may be a bit too dull for my ears, they are introspective chances. The key is in the innovative sounds and with The Boredom of Me.; there are plenty to go around.