Album Review: Lynx Cane- ‘The Spirit and It’s Fruits’

The Spirit and It’s Fruits is the latest full-length release from London, UK rapper Lynx Cane, a verbose, eclectic emcee unafraid to break boundaries. Cane delivered two quality projects last year in the evocative, dream-like Garden of Gethsemane and the deluxe version of his album At Your Wits’ End. These thought-provoking offerings captured and distilled his sound- music in an earthy, spiritual vein that inspires the listener to look within.

On The Spirit and It’s Fruits, the production takes on a glowing, warm note, as the graceful opener “El Roi” sets a wistful, mystical mood. From the get-go, Cane’s voice stands out, as he delivers bars with a deep baritone, and a textured, almost weathered delivery. Moving into the second track “Fruits”, a smoky, reflective beat is introduced, with pensive, minimalistic pianos swirling atop organic-sounding drums. This instrumental sets the ideal soundscape for Cane’s ruminative introspection, and he comes through with some poetic verses that are personal and philosophical in nature.

An album highlight appears in “The Spirit”, a track that pairs watery, immersive keys with glitchy percussion in a quirky, intriguing manner. Here, he delivers some of his most flexible flows, balancing dense wordplay with dynamic rhythms. “The Spirit” transitions smoothly into “Kingdom”, which differs from the preceding tracks due to its electronica-influenced sound. Vibrant synths are brought in as the song takes on a more upbeat pace, with distorted grime-inspired synth bass rumbling beneath. An interesting change of pace in the record’s sequencing, “Kingdom” provides much replay value.

Some engaging tracks also appear towards the back half of the record, primarily the dark, expansive “Fire and Brimstone” and the uplifting “Spread Love”. On “Spread Love”, Cane gets in the groove as he reflects over his life, discussing his current situation and future ambitions. His flows are nimble and his content relatable, making this a memorable track worth re-visiting towards the culmination of the LP. Finally, the closer “Grief (Poem)” takes on an emotive mood and finishes the project on a high note, with moody, grandiose strings and elegant harps that sound as if they came from another world. Cane’s vocals here are rich and wistful in tone, and he provides lyrical imagery that paints vivid pictures in the listener’s mind.

Overall, The Spirit and It’s Fruits is a record dynamic in sound and pensive in tone, as it covers a breadth of styles sonically and touches on a variety of thought-provoking topics. Cane’s character-rich, deep vocals are highly suitable to many of the project’s laid-back, layered instrumentals, and his lyricism is engagingly poetic and eclectic. Following up two solid projects, The Spirit and It’s Fruits continues Cane’s run as a talented lyricist with a keen ear for intriguing instrumentals.

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