Today, we’re thrilled to announce that we’ve signed the singular, stunning voice of serpentwithfeet to the Secretly Canadian roster. Just today, his duet with Bjork on the remix of her track “Blissing Me” was released – you can dig into that here, via Pitchfork. We’re partnering with Tri Angle Records for this, and we’ve got some exciting things on the horizon for 2018.
After spending years studying as a classical vocalist, Baltimore-born artist serpentwithfeet (a moniker for Josiah Wise) spent time drifting around Paris and London before eventually landing in NYC. It was here that his music – a beautiful confluence of gospel and classically-inflected electronica – began to truly take shape.
“I decided in 2012 or in 2013 that I didn’t want a band anymore,” he recalls. “I was like, ‘What would happen if I did my R&B thing over this classical shit.’ It took a while, but I started to wonder if I could make something that satisfies other people and myself. I want the music to resonate with people. I didn’t start thinking about that until I moved to New York, to be honest.”
blisters, serpentwithfeet’s first EP with Tri Angle Records from last year, is both powerful and dramatic, finding serpentwithfeet in pursuit of a rare honesty. Huge swathes of strings and percussion emphatically rise and crash, turbulent against Wise’s stunning, questioning voice. Given that he credits both Brandy and Bjork as inspirations, it’s not surprising that serpentwithfeet treads a fine line between emotive gospel and more left-of-center stylings. With his own gloriously outr personal style and penchant for the dramatic, it also makes sense that the music Wise makes would be both so remarkably unclassifiable and strangely devastating.
Tue., Dec 12 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre w/ Grizzly Bear
Wed., Dec 13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern w/ Grizzly Bear
Thu., Dec 14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern w/ Grizzly Bear