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Devon Gilfillian’s ‘Brown Sugar Queen’ is ‘a tribute to Black and Brown ladies’ : World Cafe : NPR


“I wished to jot down a tribute to Black and Brown ladies in all places,” says Philadelphia to now based mostly in Nashville singer-songwriter transplant Devon Gilfillian about his new tune “Brown Sugar Queen.”

Speaking with Gilfillian from his house in Nashville, he is just lately again from a tour of Europe, and this week is acting at AMERICANAFEST in Nashville. At present, World Cafe premieres the video for the brand new tune, his first for his new label, Fantasy File.

“I wrote the tune proper earlier than the pandemic in Los Angeles with my buddies Ryan Linvill and Danny Silberstein,” says Gilfillian. “It was on this second of me determining that I used to be nonetheless in love with my ex-girlfriend, who’s now my present girlfriend. It is a tune about celebrating that and never with the ability to get away from love and being so drawn and comforted by it and being introduced again to it in all these alternative ways.”

“Brown Sugar Queen” was produced by Jeremy Lutito and options members of his long-time band, together with drummer Jonathan Smalt. “One of many enjoyable elements of recording the tune was getting the drums and the percussion good,” says Gilfillian. “We wished to get this reggaeton and cumbia really feel into the tune, hoping to do one thing with the tune the place you possibly can take it to the seaside and likewise take it to the membership to bounce.” Smalt, together with Lutito, add the percussion to offer this tune a vibey, soulful “All Night time Lengthy” vibe.

Peppered within the tune are elegant acoustic guitar solos, a glowing, placed-just-right horn association, and Gilfillian’s clean, hovering falsetto because the sultry rhythms anchor the tune. The video for the tune, visually has echoes of ’70s soul and R&B , is washed in vibrant pastel colours, and options dancers Debria Tyler, Gabby Henson, Jessica Neshay’ and Meggan Utech.

Gilfillian’s music is a melting pot of musical reference factors. From Luther Vandross and Steely Dan to Tame Impala and The Weeknd, you may hear each the direct and oblique influences on this tune. “I wished to have an anthem for Black and Brown ladies,” Gilfillian says. “I wished to rejoice them in a cultured, attractive method that wasn’t a Juvenile ‘Again That Azz Up’ method. I wished it to really feel nostalgic and new on the similar time, to mix attractive nostalgia with new grooves.” It greater than succeeds on each counts.

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