Romantic optimism lines the silky notes of Toronto’s rising R&B star Dylan Sinclair as he addresses nods from the likes of Complex and Apple Music, in a seemingly effortless manner. At 20 years of age, Sinclair boasts an already impressive discography and No Longer in the Suburbs continues the success of the widely praised “Proverb,” and our personal favourite “Red Like Crimson.”
No Longer in the Suburbs addresses desire for a life of stimulation and one worthy of reminiscence, a theme—for the most part—encapsulated in romance. In anticipation of success, the soulful artist lays all to bare on the previously released single, “Lifetime.” An emotionally astute account, the Filipino-Guyanese artist stares love in the eyes and asks: Will it stay? Amidst changes that may come with his possible (inevitable*) rise to fame. Sinclair embodies vulnerability as he similises the volatility of wind with the prospective changes he fears, offering relatability to young listeners navigating their own ventures into adulthood.
The JUNO-nominated singer addresses love in differing ways across No Longer in the Suburbs. “I’m In It” offers reassurance, in “Too Soon” boldness, and in the already popular “Open,” Sinclair addresses a “search for stimulation” that he spoke on when approached about the release.
When quizzed over cultural influences, Sinclair touches on the Promethean nature of Torontonian R&B, noting the 6ix’s cultural tendency to pay homage to classics rather than find themselves pandering to “something that is in.” Authentic and unchanged by trends, the R&B prodigy also mentions that “Filipinos sing from the heart,” and boy does Dylan Sinclair stick to his roots.
No Longer in the Suburbs is now available on all digital platforms. Track two “Open” is also complimented by a fresh visual that combines smooth videography with the smooth tones of an R&B superstar in the making. Don’t miss out on this one, Dylan Sinclair is here to stay.