The journey Connor Terrones welcomes listeners to on his debut album The People We Love is imbued with romance and a spacey aesthetic that seamlessly lures our attention.
As soon as you dive into Connor’s universe, it doesn’t take long for one to pick up on the fact that this man is a virtuoso of a musician. After being active in Colorado’s music scene for the past eight years, The People We Love marks his debut body where he creates a distinct sound influenced by the likes of Thundercat, Hiatus Kaiyote, Flying Lotus, and Robert Glasper. We begin this journey with the incredibly soulful “I Don’t Care”, a track that’s bound to have your head swinging back n forth by virtue of the tasteful swing on the drums. This is also our introduction to Connor’s unorthodox vocals.
On “I Don’t Come Around” and “Prisoner” we’re comforted by the soulful allure of his vocals and on these gems, his voice is more upfront with less fx coated around them. These are definitely among the stand-out tracks along with the fan favorite “What Can I Do?”. Through emotive lyricism, Connor takes us through the heart-aching troubles he encounters with one who doesn’t seem to care at all. Julian Cary and Roy Matz contribute with a stellar rap verse and touches on the production to help bring the track to life. G-funk rears its head into the mix through the track “Time” and at this point we begin to wonder, “Damn what can’t he do?”. Soul, Electronica, Jazz, and Hip Hop are ever-so beautifully united on The People We Love and Connor’s unique take on these genres makes this an experience that’s bound to occupy space in your memory for a while.
I can’t neglect to mention the trippy “Drown” – wow! From start to finish we’re tossed in a whirlwind of shimmering synths and with each listen, we pick up a new element we might have missed from the first listen as this is decorated with a wide array of fascinating sounds. Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd are among many of Connor Terrones's influences and I’m sure this explains the psychedelic furnish found throughout this stellar project.