The Los Angeles based, Baltimore born and raised singer and songwriter is regarded as one of music’s most revered artists through his striking discography. His remarkable trajectory also includes a Grammy nomination for his contribution to Bjork’s Grammy-nominated album Fossora and a slew of breathtaking collaborations with Daniel Caesar, Sampha, Ellie Goulding, Nao, Alex Isley, Moby, Mick Jenkins, Kelela, and Virgil Abloh. GRIP serves as the follow up album to serpent’s critically acclaimed projects, DEACON and soil, which solidified the artist as a pivotal voice of our generation. His music has been lauded by TIME, NPR, Rolling Stone, Billboard, GQ, Complex, New York Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Pitchfork, FADER, PAPER Magazine and many more. ‘The music serpentwithfeet makes is immediately distinctive, harnessing his gospel and classical training to a startling emotional openness,’ proclaimed The New York Times. Serpent has accomplished the towering feat of establishing a distinct and crucial voice, one that has largely been left out of the larger music arena, amongst a sonic landscape that has long managed to push the boundaries of popular music while remaining wildly thrilling in nature.
On Tuesday, 24 October the Grammy-nominated groundbreaking alternative R&B artist serpentwithfeet announces the release of his highly anticipated new album, GRIP, is set for Friday 16th February via Secretly Canadian. In celebration, he shares his insatiable new single ‘Damn Gloves’ featuring Ty Dolla $ign and South African artist, Yanga YaYa, along with an intoxicating companion video. Ushering in a new era for the artist personally and sonically, we see serpent brimming with poise and tenacity in a fully realised form as he unveils his best work to date.
Speaking on ‘Damn Gloves’ serpentwithfeet expresses, ‘I didn’t wanna waste this chance to celebrate my waist in his hands.’
Venturing into a new sonic realm, ‘Damn Gloves’ reveals the enchanted universe that celebrates and fosters the spirit and magic of Black queer nightlife at the heart of the new GRIP album. The visual directed by Micaiah Carter explores the space that surrounds the deeply intimate moments with a partner and the complex and delightful juxtapositions of physical closeness. Simultaneously, GRIP honors the communities that are nurtured within the walls of these intimate spaces and the monumental impact that they have on the lives of many people on the margins.