The Communicator

Yesterday

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






In my opinion, Noname may be one of today’s most underappreciated artists. A multi-talented artist, Noname showcases her creative, meaningful lyrics, and her soft, yet powerful voice on her 2016 album, “Telefone.” The song that best displays her talents is the opening song, “Yesterday.” It starts out soft, and crescendos into a steady drum beat that pulsates in the background, paired with muffled piano chords and glissandos to announce Noname’s rapping. As a Chicago native, Noname was first a poet, and clearly uses the skills she developed as a writer when she raps. In “Yesterday”, she reflects on what it is like to grow up as African American, and how money and fame will not make her forget where she is from. This is a common theme among many of the songs on her only released album. The first verse in “Yesterday” is the perfect way to introduce her album:

 

And I know

The money don’t really make me whole

The magazine cover’s drenched in gold

The dreams of granny in mansion and happy

The little thing’s that need to save my soul

After the first rap verse, the song subtly transitions into the chorus, where Noname’s soft, familiar vocals are layered by the soulful and echoey voices of her background singers.

“Yesterday” is one of the more mellow tracks on “Telefone”, along with “Freedom Interlude”, “Casket Pretty” and “Bye Bye Baby.” The mood of the track “Yesterday” has a relaxing vibe, one similar to a much needed rainy day after a long dry spell. The hushed vocals throughout the song are accented by the instruments, but are not drowned out in the background.

To close the song, each instrument starts to disappear one by one, until you are left with hearing nothing else but the raw vocals of Noname’s background singers. The sweet, five note hum effortlessly transitions into the next song on the album, “Sunny Duet.”

It starts out soft, and crescendos into a steady drum beat that pulsates in the background, paired with muffled piano chords and glissandos to announce Noname’s rapping.  

 

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Left
  • Yesterday

    SERIES

    Self Care

  • Yesterday

    SONG OF THE DAY

    What’s Free

  • Yesterday

    SONG OF THE DAY

    Tribe

  • Yesterday

    SERIES

    6 Summers

  • Yesterday

    SONG OF THE DAY

    Feels Like We Only Go Backwards

  • Yesterday

    SONG OF THE DAY

    All In

  • Yesterday

    SONG OF THE DAY

    Nosetalgia

  • Yesterday

    SONG OF THE DAY

    Wake Up in the Sky

  • Yesterday

    SONG OF THE DAY

    For Your Precious Love

  • Yesterday

    SONG OF THE DAY

    Window

Navigate Right
Yesterday