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
Dec 7 2016, 4:58pm

The events of the past 12 months have been paralyzing for some and mobilizing 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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