Intellexual the LP spans a total of 11 songs. Most were written “from scratch at a piano or guitar,” their details fleshed out before “going into the studio with a firm-footed plan, instead of piecing together scraps.” A press statement elaborated on this process and the album’s sonic fluidity:
“They built the songs up from these early demos, adding color in the form of euphoric horns, rippling pianos, handclaps, synthesizers and background vocals of various timbres. The result is an inventive, genre-bending album that erases the boundaries between hip-hop, soul, folk, R&B, indie-pop and dreamy atmospherics — a headphones record and a party record in one, both communal and personal in scope.”
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Intellexual’s Segal and Fox were assisted by a substantial list of friends and musical colleagues, many from their hometown of Chicago. Among them: Francis Starlite of Francis and the Lights, Chuck Inglish, Raury, Ric Wilson, fellow Social Experimenter Peter Cottontale, and Segal’s Kids These Days band mate Vic Mensa.
02. Sing It Louder
04. Call You
10. Like I Feel
12. Over the Hill