It has been an absolute pleasure following the roll-out of Surfacing, the debut album from R.LUM.R. In a world full of Ctrl+c artists, the Florida-based R.LUM.R has been a breath of fresh air. With his smooth vocals leading the way, he’s taken listeners on an in depth journey into the headspace and heart space of an individual maneuvering through the world. And he’s exhibited a wondrous display of internal strength, touching on topics like depression, masculinity, mental and emotional health, and more. All the way through, his songs have carried an overarching essence of hope despite dancing with themes of hurt and vulnerability.
With just shy of a handful of singles out now, R.LUM.R has officially announced the release of his major label debut, Surfacing, due out November 1st. In support of the announcement, we find ourselves on the receiving end of yet another gem, this time in the form of “Lonely.” The latest cut features the characteristically smooth delivery of R.LUM.R, who laces “Lonely” with soft, powerful and beautiful vocals. Floating upon the captivatingly subtle production, which serves to capture the waviness of being human, our protagonist fills the sonic landscape with a calming and comforting energy. We experience a balance of confusion and strength; a cloud of uncertainty which gives way to the emerging radiance of moving forward regardless.
“Lonely” is a relatable record that is sure to hit all who listen square in the depths of the psyche. On the surface, “Lonely” feels like prose focused on a relationship. But one could certainly find a different listening experience, one that runs far deeper than the saga of torn or adrift lovers. As we find ourselves increasingly surrounded by societal conditioning, influences and the push and pull of dreams and reality, “Lonely” plays like a testament to oneself. You may be led astray, you may find yourself drifting in the sea of confusion, but you will always have you. Recognizing and accepting that simple insight has the power to lift you from the depths of despair to the true surface of being alive here in the physical.
In addition to the “Lonely” stream, I’ve included R.LUM.R’s “Cold” visual for your viewing pleasure. Press play below.