WILLOW, 'naïve'

Jul 16, 2021
Originally published on July 21, 2021 3:11 pm
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A fresh addition to the long-catalogued genre, WILLOW's "naïve" reminds us that punk's political origins are Black. Over layers of fine-tuned harmonies, melodramatic guitar chords and low-tempo percussion, WILLOW belts the vulnerabilities of her naivety. A ballad set in scenes from life's cinematic dystopia, avoiding cops and running from rubber bullets, she showcases a vocal range that, while initially trained for R&B, is perfectly suited for a pop-punk redux. Along with the rest of Lately I Feel Everything, her fourth studio album out today, the Tyler Cole-produced track proves that WILLOW is a musician with a limitless sound.

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