willow smith just dropped three transcendental new tracks

The prolific teen's surprise compilation Mellifluous combines lo-fi guitar riffs with her signature spiritual musings.

by Hannah Ongley
08 December 2016, 9:50am

The events of the past 12 months have been paralysing for some and mobilising for others, and it's pretty clear which camp Willow Smith falls into. The precocious 16-year-old has added music producer, indigenous activist, and Chanel ambassador to her already lengthy resume since dropping her impressive debut album Ardipithecus almost exactly a year ago. That sprawling 15-track effort of unironic titles like dRuGz and RANDOMSONG has since been followed up with a number of mostly stripped-back, guitar-driven slow jams, including the environmental love letter RTA #2 and the post-election November 9th — which she recently performed an acoustic version of at a cocktail event to celebrate Chanel's Métiers d'Art show in Paris. 

In the same vein is the no-frills trio of original guitar songs she uploaded to SoundCloud this morning. The three surprise tracks on Mellifluous layer lo-fi electric guitar riffs with Willow's signature wailing spiritual musings. "My mind is like a prison, cold circling around me, I travel in all directions only to find myself in the same place still standing," she sings on I Need to Know. "I want to know, I have to know, how do I reverse this? I want to know, I need to know, how do I transcend this?" Check out the three new tracks below. 


Text Hannah Ongley
Photography Tyrone Lebon
Styling Julia Sarr-Jamois

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