I Just Don't Know
Label: Brownswood Recordings
Ghostpoet's enigmatic debut has as much in common with dubstep pianist James Blake as with introspective vocalists like Tricky and Roots Manuva. The Mercury Prize finalist conjures a moody kitchen-sink atmosphere on "Longing for the Night (Yeah Pause)," where he talks about days without purpose, and "Us Against Whatever Ever," which describes love as weary resignation. Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam is dark and romantic music, and aimlessness seems to be the unintended result. "Life is too long to make no plans," he sings on "Liiines," which could be heard as a cry for help.