Toussaint Morrison had a plan. It was to release 5 mixtapes and then immediately release original (non-sampled) material alongside his producer & adventure capitalist Dr. Wylie. Then, 2015 happened, (several anxiety attacks, the loss of his grandmother, acting alongside Judy Greer and Woody Harrelson in the movie Wilson, etc.) dumping said plans into a vat of floating good intentions, heartbreak, and self-sabotage. This pitted Morrison with the challenge of finishing the songs he wanted to put out, or confronting matters at hand and writing the songs he had to write. Alas, it was the latter.

Lesser Restoration is a short album consisting of 10 songs surrounding Morrison’s past year and fistful of months. Littered with lamenting his birthplace of New Orleans, consoling a relationship ending with moving trucks, and speaking to “sittin’ in a room full of white smiles, waiting for permission to hope”, Morrison’s new album speaks to the vulnerability of reconstructing your identity apart from a life partner and exploring whiteness in Minnesota. Lesser Restoration considers the advantages of being heartbroken rather than heartless, unlawful than law-abiding, and dying black & proud rather than living submissive.

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