It’s been two years since Emily McLean‘s venture into pop-minded, minimal R&B on her last EP Shades, made under the watchful eye of producer Mars Today. On Canons, her latest release out last Friday, McLean speaks her truth of vulnerability, of fear and morality over what the world around her represents and reflects. The project is an open-air diary of sparse, straightforward arrangements overseen by Rashaan Carter, a jazz bassist with credits on albums like Kindness’s Something Like a War, Moses Sumney’s Aronmanticism, and Takuya Kuroda’s Zigzagger, designed for a meditative and solemn experience of soul and jazz.