This year has vacillated between being the slowest on record as we doom-crawl (and scroll) to the end of the 2020, and also the fastest, where our mouths are agape that we’ve hit October with such a blink-and-you’ll-miss it velocity. But one thing that has served as a constant saving grace is the sweet, sweet relief of music – and this latest drop will have you truly rapturous at its existence.
Houston-hailed rising star and Wonderland digital cover Josh Levi has released “Don’t They”, a simmering fusion of pop, neo-soul and 90s-style R&B, with a contemporary twist of low warped synths, creating a subtle electronic soundscape, rising and falling with Levi’s muscular undulating vocals. The track opens with Levi’s romantic utopian proposition, “don’t they make love songs anymore/tell me right now if you want in”, but it’s the music video that has us weeping the real tears.
In intimate sweeping visuals that have us uncontrollably sighing “hair! skin!”, former Wonderland cover star Normani straddles the back of Levi, undoing his braids, with the pair amorously caressing each other. The directorial debut of photographer Blair Caldwell – who also recently shot Levi for the digital cover of the current issue – prepare to have the scenes firmly embedded in your consciousness.
“This video and song is dedicated to the lack of love we’ve seen all year,’ explains Levi. “I hope people watch this and continue to celebrate young black artists and continue to amplify our voices.”
Watch the music video for “Don’t They” below…