Scallops Hotel
Plain Speaking


3.5
great

Review

by ParanoidAndroid96 USER (7 Reviews)
August 29th, 2015 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “Brothers like me don’t live too long, that’s why I have to write so many rap songs.”

Poetic, thoughtful, self-aware, and nerdy are the first few words that come to mind when trying to describe the rap styles and lyrical content of Hellfyre Club’s favorite spoken word deacon, Milo. His distinct delivery and persona has earned himself a decent amount of buzz in the underground rap scene, especially with quality releases such as Things That Happen at Day / Things That Happen at Night companion EPs and his 2014 LP A Toothpaste Suburb. What can be heard on these projects is spacey instrumentation, intriguing lyrics, and a laidback, calculated presence on the mic. Releases from Scallops Hotel, Milo’s side project, have sounded more like collections of musical ideas than complete products unfortunately. Luckily, with Plain Speaking Milo has crafted a worthwhile project under the Scallops Hotel name.

The opener, “gnosis, Black nationalism, rice,” kicks off with pleasant looped electric piano chords, but the track builds in momentum as beatboxing sounds, bongos, and synths are thrown into the instrumental mix. Milo’s flow is steady, consistent, and more akin to a traditional hip hop flow compared to his somewhat scattered delivery on his earlier work. His stylistic shift is also very apparent in the third song, “lavender chunk” surprisingly featuring the singer of Future Islands under his rap alias Hemlock Ernst. The instrumental is highly influenced by the jazzy New York sound and the emcees as well give off a New York flare. The closer, “171: man and the cosmos,” is also notable for Milo’s new rapping style as he radiates with confidence and rattles off some braggadocious bars.

Plain Speaking also contains some darker cuts where Milo’s lyrics depict an artistic struggle. On “glottal stop,” Milo spits “There aren’t enough letters to rearrange / To describe the depth of my rage / I was born this way / Another song stuffed in my mouth hole / When depression is no longer fashionable / When the potential begins sapping the actual / And there you are overwhelmed, splintering into fractals / I’ve been there sis, I’ve been there.” Milo on “the oprah winfrey show” sounds defeated and upset which also reflect in the lyrics.

The interludes that appear on Plain Speaking introduce an interesting dynamic to the album as a whole and break up the tracklist in a beneficial manner. “sabil’s lullaby” has some singing from Milo which turns out well and “ticktocker” features a great spoken word piece. “birther,” an aimless instrumental, was the only unsuccessful interlude on the album.

The production on Plain Speaking is reminiscent of the last Milo LP, A Toothpaste Suburb. The instrumentals allow Milo’s lyricism to become the centerpiece of the music and the eccentric sound of the album is pretty similar to what could be heard on an early Flying Lotus record. The production does tend to be repetitive because a decent amount of the instrumentals recycle similar sounds (an issue also present on A Toothpaste Suburb), but the brief runtime of Plain Speaking helps keep that repetitious feeling to a minimum.

Plain Speaking is another great showing from Milo and a solid addition to the Scallops Hotel catalogue. His new found delivery gives him a sense of conviction when rapping and gives his witty lyricism a different life. His lyrics are as excellent as ever and the interludes on the album are integrated well to make Plain Speaking feel like a complete product. Although Milo doesn’t completely sound in full gear and the instrumentals can become a bit bland, this album is a good peek into what the future might hold for Milo, and it looks positive.



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ParanoidAndroid96
August 29th 2015


1393 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

a hard 3.7 for me. any edits/suggestions/feedback are much appreciated! have a great day friends

ParanoidAndroid96
August 29th 2015


1393 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

word have you listened to any other milo stuff? it took me a while to appreciate his material

ParanoidAndroid96
August 29th 2015


1393 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah Hellfyre is on some good shit. I would definitely recommend you Things That Happen at Day/Night EPs if your looking to get into Milo. those EPs are pretty easily my favorite stuff by him and helped me adjust to his style

Lord(e)Po)))ts
August 29th 2015


66859 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

albs dope

ParanoidAndroid96
August 29th 2015


1393 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yep really good. excited to see what he does next

Veldin
August 30th 2015


4316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review, pos

ParanoidAndroid96
August 30th 2015


1393 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks!

ShitsofRain
August 30th 2015


8245 Comments


new milo late september

ParanoidAndroid96
August 30th 2015


1393 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oh fuck yes

solongatlast
January 5th 2016


353 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

So I was listening to Clams Casino one time and then I randomly felt like listening to Scallops Hotel, and I realized...

BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
February 21st 2016


3627 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

How did I miss this one? So good.

TheWrenKing
October 27th 2016


1708 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

and you, you will know me by no name

Conmaniac
April 25th 2017


26371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good stuff here

TheWrenKing
August 14th 2017


1708 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

T H I S I S Y O U R D A D

Conmaniac
September 25th 2017


26371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

gonna re-check this nice



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