Filipino-American singer Yeek is announcing his new album. Valencia is set to arrive on March 19th, and to coincide with the announcement he’s sharing the album’s title track and an accompanying video. The song is a lush soundscape with R&B sensibilities about community and heritage. The video is a surreal neon lit visual.
Valencia, Yeek’s first proper release following his 2019 EP IDK WHERE, which Highsnobiety said “manages to effortlessly showcase his unique sound,” is his most emotionally lush and polished work to date. It features collaboration from from Jeff Ellis, the engineer who has worked with Frank Ocean, Snoh Aalegra, and Omar Apollo, and focuses on themes of relationship woes and keeping family close. Valencia will be accompanied by a short film Yeek has made for the project and is a reflection of Yeek’s own relationship to life expectations and striking the right balance between independence and collaboration. Valencia, along with its accompanying short film, is a deep, ambitious body of work that invites serious engagement to explore and unpack.