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Aaron Abernathy has wore plenty of hats in the name of R&B and soul music. He’s dabbled in the retro future that Raphael Saadiq has spent the latter part of his career mastering. He’s alluded to some of his heroes such as D’Angelo and more. His voice, a nifty timber that does its best to bob and weave as opposed to jab you to death has its share of fans, this one included. But, like many singers of his ilk that dance to a certain drum, Abernathy’s base is reserved for cult-like appreciators of the craft as opposed to fair-weather members.

Monolouge, Abernathy’s latest album splashes with the first three records not necessarily being about him but those surrounding him. There’s a tale of his father, an encourager of his craft on “Larry’s Son” that juxtaposes with “Favorite Girl,” a song for Mama that isn’t sullen but rather joyous and fun. “Bachelorette” twists his voice into a D’Angelo like mumble yet remains his all along. Monologue gives stories, colors and vibrancy to so much of Abernathy’s world. There’s high pitch electric guitars that dig into Minneapolis funk, chunky drum breaks and enough soul to lift up a gospel church every Sunday.

Monologue is out now on iTunes, Bandcamp & more.

At the center of it is Abernathy. His songwriting and arrangements give way to so much of the past and yet, tells us so much about his own impending future. Crafting fun records as an outlier to the norm is his speciality. He’s done it since Saturn’s Return and won’t let up no time soon. In between his own monologue? Clips and sounds from family members, either those fully aware of his prodigious talent on the piano or others willing to pass a note around.

“I ain’t got the Jordans that came out last week,” Abernathy slithers on “Pretty Kind” with a rumbling falsetto that echoes Prince’s “Adore”. To him, it’s all about the love – never the material. It’s good enough to be played late nights while you’re slow dancing with your woman. Or even walking with a smile on your heart.

Stream Aaron Abernathy’s Monologue in full via Apple Music below.