Two years after his acclaimed debut, Antiphon, Alfa Mist has announced a new album, Structuralism. Its first single, “Retainer,” is out now.
A gorgeous, seven-minute listen, “Retainer” is a two-parter that allows Mist’s extensive cast of supporting musicians to shine in different ways. It closes with a short snippet of dialogue, where a woman, snapping her fingers, urgently asks, “Why am I communicating like that?”
“I have been affected by my environment. My upbringing has shaped me in a way where I do not know how to communicate,” the self-taught pianist and producer said of the album in a statement. “Structuralism is about [how] ‘I am who I am’ because of the structure of society I grew up into. Now I need to learn how to communicate.”
Structuralism, which features collaborations with Jordan Rakei and Kaya Thomas-Dyke, is due out April 27 on Sekito. Listen to “Retainer” below: