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serpentwithfeet, one of the latest artists to sign to Secretly Canadian, is announcing his debut album, soil, for release on June 8th via Secretly Canadian and Tri Angle Records. soil features contributions from rising experimental producer mmph, sound manipulator Katie Gately, A$AP Rocky contemporary Clams Casino, and Paul Epworth one of the Grammy Award-winning minds responsible for Adele‘s critically-acclaimed album 21. The project, recorded between New York City’s WhiteWater production house and Epworth’s London studio, was co-produced by serpentwithfeet. The first 150 purchases of opaque yellow LP on Secretly Store and Bandcamp will include an exclusive autographed poster designed by serpentwithfeet.
The video for lead single, bless ur heart, premieres today via The FADER, who are featuring serpentwithfeet on the cover of their Spring 2018 issue.
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 will embark on a North American summer headline tour in support of soil. He’ll also perform at FORM:Arcosanti, Red Bull Music Academy in New York City, and Eaux Claires, with more dates to be announced.
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