March is Brymo’s month and it is not because it’s his birth month—he was born in May. It is because his sixth studio album, Ọsọ, is dropping on the 27th. Ọsọ is Yoruba word for wizard. Brymo is a wizard, is that not so? One cannot completely say the significance of his selection of 27th of March as the release day. However, one can say with almost absolute confidence that the album will drop on that day. Across all of his projects, Brymo has come to be known as “Mr. Talk-I-Do”. He is not looking to compromise this identity.
A few months after the release of Klîtóris last year, Brymo announced Ọsọ due for March 2018. It seemed a little too far then. But now it has drawn so close that when you blink your eyes you would most likely wake up to its release. The announcement makes one wonder why it appeared as if Brymo was walking away from, Klîtóris, his fifth project. The album was acclaimed. It is a project that communicated, quite effectively, his bloom as an artiste.
In a recent Loose Talk Podcast, Brymo explained that Klîtóris is not a project he reckoned too much with. He believes with Ọsọ he will offer a robust project that trumps his other projects. This sort of statement is reassuring, especially for someone whose subsequent effort always outdo the one he put in the last project.
Here are the five things you should expect from Brymo’s Ọsọ:
1.) Ọsọ is Not a Pop Album
In the Loose Talk Podcast, Brymo was responding to a query that he had always shied away from pop. He replied that there was no time he was not doing pop music. Instead, he said that Nigerians have been conditioned to regard any music that they can dance to as pop—a complete disregard for genre classifications. However, in Ọsọ, Brymo is completely deviating from pop music and Afrobeat this time. He is serving us more of ballads.
I think I sort of embraced my rock and jazz side on this album. There’d be no pop music at all. Every song is a bad. I’m really excited.
One has no doubt, with the calibre of people he is working with and his refreshing depth, that the effort on Ọsọ will leave audience with sweet and happy memories.
2.) It Is Not More Than 11-track
Brymo is a terse human being. He does not talk too much. But when he talks it leaves you with so much to ponder. Brymo’s mind is an idea-tinkering space. Regardless of the fecundity of his mind, he only brings out the most relevant and offers it in a succinct manner.
“I supposed to have twelve songs, but I was in Zanzibar at the end of the year 2017 and then I couldn’t record. By the time I got back to Nigeria I’m like ‘you know what, let’s forget this one song.’ it was just difficult to get that one song.”
So the classic album and the critically acclaimed projects; Merchants, Dealers & Slaves, Tabula Rasa, Klîtóris and now Ọsọ will contain only eleven tracks, no filler at all. This is style.
3.) A Deliberate Effort On Every Track
Brymo is deliberate on the Ọsọ project. The project sees four songs done in English language; four in pidgin; and three in Yoruba. Brymo says on each of the song, he did 100% of the language he started the particular song with. For example, if the opening line is in English, you should expect that he is singing the whole song in English.
However, there is one particular track he “broke my rule, I think in the second verse.” We are keen to see how this comes out.
4.) Much Better Brymo
Olawale tries as much as possible to be better than he was in his previous projects. He said:
“The happiest moment for me is when I’m working on a new album. Because it’s an opportunity to check if my head is in the right place: To see if I’m still as thoughtful as I would like to be; if I have evolved in what I do itself, which is music. I’m supposed to have learnt a few new tricks.”
5.) Ọsọ Will Likely Outdo Other Projects
By his own declarations, there are a few yardsticks that we can measure the tightness of Ọsọ with like; artistic growth; comparison with his earlier projects and freshness. With this self-defined yardsticks, we can now judge if the artiste has reached his saturation point, which is quite unlikely at this moment.
Brymo and Mikky Me Are Not Done Yet
Mikky Me produced all the songs in Brymo’s super classic, Merchants, Dealers & Slaves. He has worked with Brymo pre-Choc. City years.
“Mikky Me is a recluse. Nobody knows Mikky. He just makes music for people who wants to make music: Whether you live in Mars or you live in a hole, as long as you come to his studio and you meet his requirements.”
Mikky’s efforts on most of Brymo’s project are unforgettable and absolutely sound. What this means is that Ọsọ is most likely going to be another unforgettable Brymo project. The question now is, are you ready?
In the meantime, check out his 2017 single, “Do You Know Me?”. One cannot say if this song will make the Ọsọ cut.