serpentwithfeet is sharing his new single, “cherubim,” produced with Katie Gately and mmph, with an official video directed by Allie Avital in conjunction with Red Bull Music. “cherubim” is a fanatical love song. Here, serpentwithfeet naively exclaims about a new wondrous man he’s fallen for. The video follows lead single “bless ur heart” and comes ahead of serpentwithfeet’s intimate, sold out “Both Moons” performance for Red Bull Music Festival New York this Sunday, May 6th. serpentwithfeet also opens two special shows at Brooklyn Academy of Music with Florence + the Machine on Sunday, May 13th and Monday, May 14th.
serpentwithfeet is an experimental R&B/gospel vocalist and performance artist whose growing body of work is rooted in dueling obsessions with the ephemeral and the everlasting key components of his artistic journey from a childhood stint as a choirboy in Baltimore through his time at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he studied vocal performance before relocating to New York City. soil is a return to the sensibilities and wide-eyed curiosity of his musical youth before symmetry and sterile soundscapes ruled the roost. With the release of soil the chameleonic serpentwithfeet (born Josiah Wise) rediscovers and ultimately returns to the unhinged version of himself he was sure he had outgrown.
On soil, serpentwithfeet trades glossolalia and peacocking showmanship for intricately layered harmonies, a sumptuous bottom register that appears for the first time to challenge his fluttering tenor, and ballsy sonic experimentation encouraged by Gately, whose talent he describes as making voices sound like elephants and elephants sound like car engines. Together they develop an unctuous sound that suggests billowing clouds and the dense, plodding stomp of 12-bar blues. Once concerned with perfect execution of gospel runs and dishing up a gossamer falsetto, serpentwithfeet is out of balance and reveling in the concept of mess on soil. Particularly, what it means to part ways with sterility and the urge to uncoil himself in order to occupy more space. soil is the moment at which he unfolds himself with zero intention of closing back up.
serpentwithfeet Tour Dates:
Sun. May 6 – New York, NY @ The Refectory at the High Line Hotel (Red Bull Music Festival New York: “Both Moons”)
Fri. May 11 – Mayer, AZ @ FORM: Arcosanti
Sun. May 13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Academy of Music (w/ Florence + the Machine)
Mon. May 14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Academy of Music (w/ Florence + the Machine)
Tue. June 19 – San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall
Thu. June 21 – Portland, OR @ Holocene
Fri. June 22 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Sat. June 23 – Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret
Mon. June 25 – Washington, DC @ DC9
Tue. June 26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brendas
Wed. June 27 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
Fri. June 29 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake
Sun. July 1 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Fri. July 6-Sat. July 7 – Eau Claire, WI @ Eaux Claires
Sat. July 21-Sun. July 22 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Festival
Wed. Aug. 8 – London, UK @ Royal Albert Hall (BBC Proms – New York: Sound of a City w/ Sharon Van Etten, Hercules and the Love Affair, and Heritage Orchestra)
Sat. Oct. 13-Sun. Oct. 14 – Atlanta, GA @ Afropunk Festival