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SZA lastly releases long-teased single “Shirt” : #NowPlaying : NPR


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Solana’s again, simply in time for Scorpio season, and properly, she’s nonetheless as chaotic as ever. Whereas “Shirt” is not essentially new — she first teased the music on Instagram in October 2020, producing a TikTok dance problem that led to her fanbase naming the music — this marks its official launch after an extended life on the short-form platform. There’s one thing tantalizing about an unrequited love, the sort that wraps you up completely, strips you of your dignity and leaves you obsessed: “Been so misplaced with out you throughout me … lead me, do not look again. It is all about you,” SZA sings within the first verse, over heavy subs, a boomy drum break and glitchy hi-hats produced by the one and solely Darkchild with the producer/guitarist Freaky Rob. One factor SZA is aware of properly is the harmful depths of affection and find out how to convey its all-consuming depth in her music.

“Shirt” is not any totally different, solely inside this cloud of delusion beams a salient consciousness: “Nonetheless do not know my value / Nonetheless stressin’ perfection / Allow you to all in my psychological / Bought me lookin’ too determined, rattling,” she sings within the refrain. The only is accompanied by a mini movie directed by Dave Meyers and co-starring Lakeith Stanfield, capturing the legal adventures of a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde. She places all of it on the market — her insecurities, her flaws, her wounds. She’s not afraid to be seen. On the finish of the video, in typical SZA vogue, she gives a preview of a brand new music full of light, finger-picked acoustic guitar and light-weight strings (the web has already named it “Blind”), maybe tender launching her long-awaited follow-up to the era-defining CTRL.

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