Contemporary R&B duo Ibeyi have returned with a new single, “Deathless”, alongside the announcement of their second album, “Ash”. The French-Cuban twins continue their unique fusion of pop, hip-hop, electronic and the traditional sounds of Yorùbà on “Deathless”, the second track to be shared from “Ash”.
With the mesmerising Kamasi Washington lending his saxophone prowess to the track, “Deathless” centres around the experience that member Lisa-Kaindè experienced at the age of sixteen when she was wrongly arrested by French police. Accordingly, the track is a reflection of how Lisa-Kainde felt after the event, as she states that “I was writing Deathless as an anthem for everybody! For every minority. For everybody that feels that they are nothing, that feels small, that feels not cared about and I want them to listen to our song and for three minutes feel large, powerful, deathless.”
The underlying theme of this single aligns with the politically charged nature of “Ash”, in which the duo exhibit their Afro-Cuban culture and contextualise their place in the world. The hype surrounding “Ash” is well and truly justified, as fans can expect the second album on September 29 via XL Recordings/Remote Control Records.