[ Jagjaguwar / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 6 October 2017
Woods first became known as the eloquent heart within the choir arrangements of Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment's "Sunday Candy." The singer/songwriter made a few more key appearances on Macklemore's polarizing "White Privilege II" and Coloring Book's "Blessings." Now, first full-length effort Heavn marks her attempt to shift from welcome guest presence to a leading, soulful, singular voice.
Instead of making a commercially accessible gambit, Woods dedicates most of her energies to examining her complicated love of Chicago (like in "LSD," named after the Lake Shore Drive expressway) and making a paean to black self-love. "I put a post-it note on my mirror so I might love myself / So that I might be enough today," she sings in a key lyric from "Lonely Lonely."
"HEAVN is about black girlhood, about Chicago, about the people we miss who have gone on to prepare a place for us somewhere else, about the city/world we aspire to live in," Woods says in a press release. "I hope this album encourages listeners to love themselves and love each other. For black and brown people, caring for ourselves and each other is not a neutral act. It is a necessary and radical part of the struggle to create a more just society. Our healing and survival are essential to the fight."
Chance the Rapper, Saba, Donnie Trumpet, and Atlanta-based artist Lorine Chia guest star on Heavn.
2. VRY BLK (feat. Noname)
3. Popsicle (Interlude)
4. Lonely Lonely (feat. Lorine Chia)
6. Eve (Interlude)
7. In My Name
8. Assata's Daughters (Interlude)
9. Blk Girl Soldier
10. LSD (feat. Chance The Rapper)
11. Still (Interlude)
12. Emerald Street (feat. Saba)
14. Always Loving (Interlude)
15. Breadcrumbs (feat. Nico Segal)
17. Good Morning (Interlude)
19. Way Up
20. Holy (Reprise)