serpentwithfeet – “You Don’t Own Me / Canopy”

Serpentwithfeet was behind one of the best albums of 2021 so far with DEACON. Today, he’s released a new track called “You Don’t Own Me / Canopy.” The first half is a cover of Lesley Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me,” which was was featured in an Orbitz commercial a couple months back. The second half is a serpentwithfeet original called “Canopy,” whose dark romanticism fits right in with the Gore original. Check it out below.
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serpentwithfeet on “DEACON”

I’ll never forget the image of serpentwithfeet (whose birth name is Josiah Wise, but who often just goes by serpent) standing in the middle of the Paradijskerk, four years ago during Rotterdam’s Motel Mozaïque festival. The saintly, seraphic imagery of the church seems to amalgamate with the artist’s striking appearance: head shaven and brandishing the inked words “HEAVEN” and “SUICIDE” like arcane incantations. The big golden chandelier hanging from the ceiling reflects serpent’s black-crimson attire, with matching high-heeled boots. During the performance, serpent cradles a worn-out doll tenderly in his arms that has several limbs missing.
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serpentwithfeet plays a virtual concert on Twitch tonight

Tonight (Tuesday, 5/25) marks week four of There Is Light, a livestream series we launched with Twitch and Wasserman Music. We hope you caught the previous installments with Perfume Genius, Best Coast, and more, and we hope you tune in tonight at 8 PM ET on Twitch to see serpentwithfeet, performing live from The Lodge Room in Los Angeles.
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Serpentwithfeet’s ‘Deacon’ is All About Lush Textures and Laid-Back Domesticity.

Josiah Wise trades in passion for commitment on Deacon, his latest full-length album as Serpentwithfeet. Since his debut Blisters EP, the choir-trained experimental artist from Baltimore has woven an extensive catalogue depicting the tenderness and lushness of queer romance, with a baroque sonic palette that would be as fitting for a bedroom as a tabernacle. Deacon works in a lighter register, with four-on-the-floor beats and pop hooks, although it’d be disingenuous to call this a party record – Deacon is less “clubby,” and more like dancing in your living room with a glass of wine after dinner.

Serpentwithfeet and Terence Nance on How to Achieve #RelationshipGoals

Having ascended the ranks of indie music stardom in 2018 with his debut album soil, for his sophomore record, Josiah Wise had big shoes to fill. His own. The newly released DEACON—which Wise recorded under his moniker serpentwithfeet—eschews the experimental artist’s own worn shoes entirely, opting for the warmth of a lover’s, luxuriating in intimacy’s slow build. That process is made literal in the album’s lead single “Same Size Shoe,” in which he sings, “Me and my boo wear the same size shoe/Boy, you got my trust ’cause I’m like you.” It’s an ode to the platonic particulars of Black gay love, and the comfortable cocoon that is reciprocity. As he tells the filmmaker and artist Terence Nance, that’s the real #relationshipgoals. —SARAH NECHAMKIN.
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Serpentwithfeet: Deacon review – a swoon in the Californian sun

This poppy, life-affirming ode to gay domestic bliss is a paean to black people ‘living their damn life anyhow’. There can be few albums this year more wholesome, soppy or unabashedly life-affirming than Deacon, the second full-length outing from Serpentwithfeet, a man whose many facial tattoos include a large pentagram in a circle on his forehead and the new album’s title in block capitals across his throat. Across 11 varied tracks, Deacon is a doom-banishing celebration of love and friendship, a record bathed in California sunshine and gratitude. It is not only at stark odds with the maverick songwriter-producer’s forbidding-looking presence – nose ring, hair in horn-like pigtails – but also with his previous body of work.

serpentwithfeet's Deacon is a celebration of deep connection

Soil, the 2018 debut from singer Josiah Wise, who performs as serpentwithfeet, was cerebral and fresh — a mesmerizing blend of haunting vocals, eclectic instrumentation, and vulnerable lyrics. His percussion lines hit the ear like a heartbeat, and his choruses were often meditative and chant-like, taking on the timbre of love spells. Passion fueled much of serpent's lyrics, but so did losing love and the mere threat of it, and the tone of the music responded in kind.

serpentwithfeet – DEACON

Tenderly embracing his lover in matching white shirts on a sun dappled beach, the cover of serpentwithfeet’s new album teases both a form of artistic rebirth and emotional wedlock for the Los Angeles based musician. Choosing to drop his birth name and be known purely as serpent, the former Baltimore troubadour is vibrantly fixing a new identity for himself with the songs that make up DEACON and it is a joyous one that casts a rosy glow.

Serpentwithfeet – ‘DEACON’ review: a meticulous excavation of heartbreak

Experimental artist Serpentwithfeet has a knack for making sense of heartbreak. 2016’s debut EP ‘Blisters’ set yearning to agitated orchestration and silk-spun chamber pop, while debut album ‘Soil’ dug deeper still. The devastating ‘Slow Syrup’ charted a last-ditch attempt to cling onto an extinguished relationship, while ‘Seedless’ cooked up one last favourite meal before an ex moved out. Though this was an album about endings, the clouds occasionally cleared to show a brief flicker of new love waiting on the other side. “I’ll get over it soon, but right now – right now I’m gonna moan and groan,” Serpent sang on ‘Wrong Tree’, “rock myself to peace and moan and groan”.
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Remaking R&B in Serpentwithfeet’s Image

During one particularly hellish February weather week for most of the country, Los Angeles hovers just above 70 degrees. No breeze, the sky a cloudless shade of aqua. The stillness is broken only by the sounds of city wildlife: chirping, squirrels in motion, people boxing on the nearby Poinsettia Park basketball court that’s been turned into a makeshift gym. It’s the exact kind of picturesque day, long before the pandemic, that once sent serpentwithfeet reaching for his pen to write the lyrics to a song he’d eventually call “Dawn,” a 34-second interlude from his new album, DEACON, arriving this week.
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Serpentwithfeet: ‘Nobody can take my joy. Not the government, not a random white person'

Across the long stretch of the pandemic, with formal face-to-face interviews replaced by cosy conversations over phones and laptops, we have become used to images of kitchens, living rooms and carefully selected bookshelves. For today’s conversation, though, singer-songwriter Serpentwithfeet has offered up a far more novel setting in the current locked-down climate: an airport. After struggling to connect, he appears, most of his face covered with a mask, his neck tattoos just visible through the compressed video image. “Can you hear me?” he asks, before a disembodied voice interrupts to announce that a flight is now boarding.
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serpentwithfeet and Nao Share New Song “Heart Storm”: Listen

Serpentwithfeet has shared a new song called “Heart Storm,” featuring Nao. It’s the third single from his new studio album DEACON, which is out this Friday, March 26, via Secretly Canadian. Take a listen to it below. “Heart Storm” follows “Fellowship” and “Same Size Shoe” from the record, which is...

serpentwithfeet – “Heart Storm” (Feat. Nao)

Serpentwithfeet is releasing his sophomore album, DEACON, at the end of the week. So far we’ve heard “Fellowship” and “Same Size Shoe” from it — both of which landed on our best songs of the week list — and today we’re getting one last single, “Heart Storm.” It’s a collaboration with Nao, who had some nice words for serpentwithfeet in a recent New York Times profile:

Serpentwithfeet: ‘My music has always talked about being a gay black man’

Serpentwithfeet is grinning and pointing at his neck, where an enormous, all-caps tattoo reads “Deacon”. It is the title of his new album and now a permanent, physical, visible part of himself, which feels important for an artist who has experienced more shifts in spiritual, emotional and creative direction in his 32 years than most people do in a lifetime.

serpentwithfeet – “Same Size Shoe”

Last month, serpentwithfeet announced his sophomore album, DEACON, with the great lead single “Fellowship,” which topped our best songs of the week list, and today he’s sharing a new song called “Same Size Shoe,” which is even better. “Same Size Shoe” exudes joy and contentedness, as Josiah Wise sings about...

Our favorite songs of the week (playlist): FKA twigs, serpentwithfeet, Genghis Tron, more

Between our daily coverage, our Notable Releases and Indie Basement columns, and our monthly punk and rap roundups, we post tons of new music all the time here on BrooklynVegan. In an effort to keep track of all the new music we’re excited about, we’ve been posting a new playlist each week with many of the songs we love that were (mostly) released that week.