Yola announces new album ‘Stand For Myself’ and shares music video for her debut single


Apr 23, 2021 5:47 PM STI

Washington [US], April 23 (ANI): British singer and songwriter Yola recently announced the upcoming release of her new album “Stand For Myself” and shared a music video for the album’s first single, “Diamond Studded Shoes”.
According to Variety, the four-time Grammy-nominated singer’s new album will be released on July 30 and will again be produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, whose indie label Easy Eye Sound is Yola’s label.
Some household names, including many from Nashville, co-wrote songs with the British singer for the new album, including Aaron Lee Tasjan, Natalie Hemby, Paul Overstreet, Ruby Amanfu, Liz Rose, John Bettis, Pat McLaughlin, Joy Oladokun, Hannah Vasanth and Bobby Wood.
This album announcement promises that her second album will be marked by “a sonic change from her debut album, with a diverse mix of symphonic soul and classic pop”.
But anyone who fears that she will completely abandon the American vibe that characterized parts of her debut should be reassured by the roots groove that “Diamond Studded Shoes” slips into. The colorful video made by Kwaku Otchere for the new song ensures that it won’t be placed in too narrow a shoebox in any way.

The album was recorded in the fall of 2020 at a time when the pandemic delayed filming of her role as sister Rosetta Tharpe in Baz Luhrmann’s biopic Elvis Presley / Colonel Parker.
Yola said in a statement, “This is a collection of stories of alliance, black female strength through vulnerability and loving connection from the sexual to the social, all celebrating a shift in thinking and a paradigm shift in their own. breast. “
“It’s an album that isn’t blindly positive and it doesn’t just advocate for everyone to come together. Rather, it explores the ways in which we have to stand up for ourselves throughout our lives, which limits our connection in as humans and declares that real change will come when we question our thinking and recognize our true complexity, ”she added.
Of the class conscious lyrics, Yola said, “This song explores the false divisions created to distract us from those who are in charge of the majority of the world’s wealth and use the ‘divide and conquer’ tactic to hold onto it. . This song calls us to unite and focus on those who have control over humanity. “
Stating that the video is partly inspired by ‘The Truman Show’ and talks about being trapped in a fake construction, she said: “It’s supposedly perfect, but you are trapped in a life that was not you. destiny. I wanted to convey the feeling that whatever you know to be true doesn’t quite work the way it’s supposed to. The island at the end is a paradigm of mental conditioning, we’re all trapped on an island in our own thought until we change it. “
In addition to being nominated for Best New Artist at the 2019 Grammys, Yola was also nominated for Best American Roots Song and Performance for “Faraway Look” and Best Americana Album for “Walk Through Fire.”
Meanwhile, for those wondering about the yet to be announced lineups for the Newport Folk Festival and the limited-capacity Newport Jazz Festival that were recently revealed to be slated for July, according to Variety, Yola provided a bit of insight. ahead, saying she will appear before both. (ANI)


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