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.
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