Loyle Carner, the candid rapper from South London has recently dropped ‘Sun of Jean’, the most heartfelt track on his debut album Yesterday’s Gone. The huge success generated from the record landed him with a Mercury Music Prize nomination and multiple sell-out shows. Loyle Carner’s love for his mum is already no secret to us; the endless tributes at gigs and her front placement on the album’s cover says it all. If the song didn’t tug at your heart-strings enough, the video, directed by Joao Retorta, feels particularly personal as it takes us through Carners’s home meeting the most important people in his life.
The piece itself is a moving track expressing a mother’s eternal love as well as being a stunning tribute to his late stepfather. He describes the song as letting him “immortalise my mum and my dad together” as the second half of the track has his mum, Jean, reading a heartfelt poem layered over a delicate piano piece that his late stepfather had created himself within an unreleased album. Yesterday’s Gone is aptly named after one of the songs on said album, another stirring tribute. Watch the video for ‘Sun of Jean’ below: