A few months back, a track bearing the name “No Good” and a familiar synthed-up R&B reverb sound set the blogosphere aflame with the plausibility of a new James Blake alias/side project. These rumors have been extinguished with the public debut of Ifan Dafydd, the young Welshman behind February(ish)’s “No Good.” Dafydd now brings us “To Me,” laying down all the decadent layers of an expertly-crafted tiramisu, so flawless that I’m not confident we should be so hasty to file his identity case as closed. Did you notice, for instance, that Ifan Dafydd is an anagram for…um…Add Daffy In? OK, fine, maybe he is just a crazy-talented newcomer; to quote Elizabeth Bishop: “in a state of controlled panic, a student of Blake.” Keeping my eye on this one.
STREAM: Ifan Dafydd – “To Me”