First things first, let’s get it out of the way that Tree House‘s album cover, with a photo of Le1f doing his best Grey Gardens impression in vintage fur, is the best shit ever. Now let’s get to the music, which pulls in producers like The-Drum and Boody to make what is probably the smoothest, chillest, most relaxed release of his career thus far. Le1f eases down his flow at times to a sing-songy echo, and firmly rides one beautiful, shimmering vibe throughout that meets somewhere between Future’s post-production croon, ’90s slow jams and some of the avant-R&B of artists like SZA and Kelela. Worldplay is strong as ever: Le1f repeats the chorus to his current favorite song “Free Kiki” so often that it blends together into “freakkkkyyy,” and a spokenword about “cocoa butter” is a truly important call to arms for more sexiness in the world. Le1f’s heading on tour for the tape, the dates for which you can check out below.
Download: Le1f, Tree House
09-25 Washington, DC – U Hall *!
09-26 Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle *!
09-27 New York, NY – Santos Party House *!
09-28 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall *!
10-03 Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry *#
10-04 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle *#
10-05 Vancouver, British Columbia – Celebrities *#
10-06 Seattle, WA – Chop Suey *#
10-08 Portland, OR – Holocene *#
10-10 San Francisco, CA – Stereo Mighty *#
10-12 Los Angeles, CA – Los Globos *#
10-16 Austin, TX – Holy Mountain *#
* with Antwon and Lakutis
# with Mess Kid
! with Donchristian and Zak-Matic