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This past Friday, Brooklyn R&B artist Russell Elliot hit us with his new EP, “Split Ends”. It may be the best thing to hit the new-music scene. The five track EP’s sound and style are nothing short of pristine. Elliot takes us on a journey track-by-track, each song with its own story shaped by the artist, but identifiable to all.
“Split Ends” is one of many successes for the 23 -year-old. Upon the release of his 2017 single, “Savage”, Elliot made it onto Billboard Pride’s Queer Necessities alongside greats like Kehlani, Haley Kiyoko, and Kygo. He also received laudatory praise for “On You” by Paper Magazine, Huffington Post, and Refinery29. Between his previous groundbreaking releases that put him on the map and his new body of work, Russell Elliot is killing the come-up.
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“Split Ends” may move you musically, but it also has a much larger mission. Elliot put himself on the map when he released “On You”, a sultry celebration of diversity and sexuality, the day after Donald Trump’s election victory. Tidal described Elliot’s music as “culturally progressive” and many other critics have used similar lemmas for his music. The themes in “Split Ends” proves the description still stands. Elliot addresses love, vulnerability, and more with the utmost authenticity and musical ingenuity in “Split Ends”. The stylistic variety from song to song will surely keep you engaged. But whether the song is a pop ballad or a spunky interlude, Elliot never loses the raw passion in his voice. Perhaps that’s why the artist describes his sound as musical “liquid courage” for his listeners.
Listen to “Split Ends” here on Verge Campus! If you love it as much as we do (which you definitely will), be sure to follow Russell Elliot on Instagram, Twitter, and SoundCloud.
My name is Ina and I'm an avid lover of fashion, food, friends, dance, music, and herb puns. I want to be as cool as Millie Bobby Brown when I grow up. Boston University Class of 2020.