Earlier this week, Yola announced that her highly anticipated new album Stand up, will be published via Easy eye sound July 30, 2021.
Produced by Dan Auerbach, the album is a sonic change from her debut album, with a diverse mix of symphonic soul and classic pop, tracing a musical thread to Yola’s most eclectic musical inspirations.
The single “Diamond Studded Shoes” debuted today with a new video, directed by Kwaku Otchere. 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 the stranglehold on humanity.
Some songs on Diamond studded shoes began in the twilight of Yola’s pandemic isolation, reflecting on her personal and collective moments of longing and awakening. Other songs sprouted years ago and were inspired by personal moments, most notably “Break The Bough,” which Yola began writing after her mother’s funeral.
The tracks were also co-written with Ruby Amanfu, John Bettis, Pat McLaughlin, Natalie Hemby, Joy Oladokun, Paul Overstreet, Liz Rose, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Hannah Vasanth and Bobby Wood. Recorded in the fall of 2020 with a rhythm section that features bassist Nick Movshon, known for his work with Amy winehouse and Bruno Mars, alongside drummer and rising solo artist Aaron Frazer.
“It is a collection of stories of alliance, of black feminine strength through vulnerability and of loving connection from the sexual to the social. All of them are celebrating a shift in mentality and a paradigm shift within them. Yola said, adding, “It’s not a blindly positive album 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 as humans and declares that real change will occur when we question our thinking and recognize our true complexity.
Yola’s new album, Stand up releases July 30 and is available for pre-order.
Stand up List of tracks:
1. Barely alive
2. Dancing in tears
3. Diamond studded shoes
4. Be my friend
5. Grand division
7. If I had to redo everything
8. Now you are here
9. Anything you want
10. Break the branch
11. Like a photo
12. Defend myself