Baltimore-born/Los Angeles-based artist Naeem will release his debut album, Startisha, this coming Friday via 37d03d. Today, he shares a new single and album standout, “Stone Harbor,” which follows previous singles “Woo Woo Woo” (Feat. Amanda Blank, Micah James), “Simulation” (Feat. Swamp Dogg & Justin Vernon), and “You and I” (Silver Apples Cover). “Stone Harbor” is energetic and percussive. As Naeem sings “Every word I read I think of you // Every song I hear I think of you // Every love I’ve had I think of you,” his velvety vocals blend into a euphonious chorus. It’s “a simple love song to my boyfriend, written in and named after the shore town he and his family spend their summers, Stone Harbor, NJ,” says Naeem.
Listen To Naeem’s “Stone Harbor” –
In Naeem’s words, Startisha presents an opportunity to move on from past work under different monikers, and strike out under his own name, with the experimentation in the music a parallel to the personalization of its subject matter. Studio work on the album started four years ago after Naeem linked up with producers Sam Green and Grave Goods in Philadelphia. After sessions in Philadelphia and New York, he decamped to Minneapolis and holed up in Justin Vernon’s home studio, where Startisha continued to come together with contributions from Vernon himself, Ryan Olson (Gayngs, Polica), Swamp Dogg, Velvet Negroni, Francis and the Lights, and regular collaborators Amanda Blank and Micah James.
Throughout Startisha, Naeem sings about the ideas of self-care and the attention economy, the love for his boyfriend, and personal memories of growing up in Baltimore. Startisha is impressionistic and genre-bending, exemplifying artistic, daring and emotional intelligence while exploring new ideas and sounds, and philosophically excavating the artist’s histories.
Watch Video For “Woo Woo Woo” (Feat. Amanda Blank, Micah James) –
Watch Video For “Simulation” (Feat. Swamp Dogg & Justin Vernon) –
Watch Video For “You and I” (Silver Apples Cover) –
Pre-order Startisha –