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NPR Music wrote of the musician and Grammy winning producer, “Son Little doesn't strive to reproduce his influences; he recombines them into something new.”

And on New Magic, his second full-length album, Son Little has accomplished something bordering on epic by distilling the heart of American soul music - be it rock and roll, blues, hip-hop, pop, classic soul or gospel, in a manner that is emotionally resonant and unquestionably modern.

On the heels of his 2015 self-titled debut, Son Little found his reach steadily growing. His song “Lay Down” had been played over seven million times on Spotify, he toured with artists as diverse as Leon Bridges, Kelis, Mumford & Sons, and Shakey Graves and received a Grammy Award as producer of Mavis Staples’s “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean.”

But in the midst of all this Son Little says he craved an opportunity to sit and write a new album in a distinct, unified direction, one that would establish his place in the world of black music. “I was on the road so much and I couldn’t really find time or space to do it in the way I wanted,” Son Little says. “I had all these little fragments, thinking I would later piece them together. But I knew it would feel really luxurious to be able to sit down by myself and write something from scratch without being interrupted.”

Sometimes in order to see the stars, you have to get far away from the city lights. And in the fall of last year, Son Little found himself in such a place, at the end of a tour in the remote, tropical Northern Territory of Australia. “There were these big crocodiles and enormous bats, just wild things I’d never seen, he says. “And I set up in the hotel and just kinda followed the process. All the songs in Australia were written with one mic and an acoustic left-handed guitar I was playing upside-down that was borrowed from this blind Aboriginal musician named Gurrumul with this angelic voice.”

And so what is new magic? To Son Little, there is a feeling and attitude running through the music. And despite its mysterious origins, the musician’s divination ability is just that—divine. “There is this vein of the blues in it, and it can be distilled or boiled down just to the guitar and voice—or even just the voice,” Son Little says. “It’s that scenario of making something out of nothing. I can’t really explain it. That’s the gist of the magic. I don’t know where it comes from, but it’s there, and I can call on it. I can call on it standing by the dresser, walking down the street, driving a car, on a train, a plane, in a hotel room, in the green room, during an interview…it’s just there. I’m trying to pay tribute to that fact. It’s had a really powerful and in some ways increasingly healing effect on my life. Hopefully other people have that experience with it as well. I’m just happy that it’s there, wherever it comes from.”

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released September 15, 2017

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Son Little’s new album 'aloha' comes out 1.31 on ANTI- (World) / Because (FR).

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Track Name: Kimberly's Mine
all that I ever
needed in li
is right here before me
and she’s mine all mine

brighter than diamonds
she’s heavy like gold
Queen of my castle
and she’s queen of my soul

have I made myself clear
or do I have to stand up and shout it right in your ear
Kimberly’s mine
so stand clear
or I’m make you pay if I ever catch you tryna hang around here

coal mine
pressure on my mind

please understand me, cause I know how you feel
but Kimberly’s mine and our magic is real
i’m trying to keep my cool
as cool as I can
but I’m just a martian
i’m just a man

have I made myself clear
or do I have to stand up and shout it right in your ear
Kimberly’s mine
so stand clear
or I’m make you pay if I ever catch you tryna hang around here

coal mine
pressure don’t you mind

have I made myself clear
or do I have to stand up and shout it right in your ear
Kimberly’s mine
so stand clear
or imma make you pay if I ever catch you tryna hang around here
Track Name: Blue Magic (Waikiki)
well I got the blue magic
I got the blue magic
and I rock you so savage
cause I got the blue magic

i got blue, so tragic
probably 44 moons or more
i don’t want to count how many days
i’ve been dragged all around the floor
i don’t want to be a bad man
but I’m a bad man just the same
ain’t no I in we I mean a minuit
we got no time for games

yea i got the blue magic
i got the blue magic
and I rock you so savage
cuz I got the blue magic

yea i got the blue magic
i got the blue magic
and i rock you so savage
cuz i got the blue magic

i got blue automatic on my first trip around the sun now I got the blue in Spanish
damn I’m always on the run
and i don’t want to be a bad man
but i’m bad man just the same
let me know if you can manage
cuz I got no time for games

cuz i got the blue magic
i got the blue magic
and i rock you so savage
cuz i got the blue magic

got your mona here in bowls
blue skies, sunshine
waves will roll

I got blue drip no static
I got a habit of making time
I might rock the blue in traffic
I might look to the sky for a sign Never wanted to be a bad man But I’m a bad man just the same Let the sun tau nothing else to do We got no time for games

cuz I got the blue magic
I got the blue magic
And I rock you so savage
Cause I got the blue magic
Track Name: O Me O My
O me O my
O me O my
O me O my
Frozen in time
O me O my

feel the death grip of fear wrap a claw around your petrified heart
ain’t no way to make you stay you want to run and make a brand new start on Mars
Feels like everywhere you go around the globe another terror awaits
And no matter what you change all the pain and everything stays the same !

O me O my
O me O my
O me O my
Frozen in time
O me O my

Feel my body going numb and paranoia take control of my mind
with the pressure on my neck this ain’t no crocodile tears in my eyes, nah
Feels like everywhere you go around the globe another terror awaits
And no matter what you change all the pain and everythingstays the same

O me O my
O me O my
O me O my
Strange fruit on the vine
O me O my

O me O my
O me O my
O me O my
Blind leading the blind
O me O my

O me O my
O me O my
O me O my
Track Name: Charging Bull
it ain’t a simple case of bad luck
ain’t like when it snows and you get your car stuck
This is a bonafide terrible lie
but you could call it whatever you like

what are you waiting for
give me a flicker of a sign
coming like a raging bull
expecting to be paid in full

see I don’t even got to make a wrong move
what you got to do to put yourself in my shoes
don’t tell yourself such a terrible lie
it’s time for you to walk in the light

what you waiting for
Give me a flicker of a sign
coming like a raging bull
expecting to be paid in full
Track Name: Mad About You
Call me crazy
When I see you baby
Got a smile about you
Something red wine about you
In the evening hazy
In a summer dress you slay me
With one smile you got me
out gen pop acting sloppy

Mad about you
breaking my heart at the first sight
Leaving me lost in the morning light
I’m mad about you
Breaking my heart at the first sight
Leave me alone

how you call me, call me
how you crawl all on me
but now you say its different baby
After I took you to the river baby
though my memory’s hazy
flowing in a summer dress
you slay me
well how’d it happen baby
our first date was lasting baby
o no...

and then she’s gone
And I’m a rolling stone
Up in the cloud porn
o no
and then she’s gone
And I’m a rolling stone
off in the cloud porn

o no

Breaking my heart at the first sight
Leaving me lost in the morning light

I’m mad about you
Breaking my heart at the first sight
Leaving me lost in the morning light (x2)

I’m mad about you
breaking my heart at the first sight
Leave me alone
Track Name: Miss Ona
Miss Ona Henrietta
I’m calling on you
I’m looking for a feather to burn up on cue
We rising on these ashes
Now you free, ain’t you
Miss Ona Henrietta
Can you help me find a feather?
Track Name: The Middle
living in a world
So cold
So crowded
fighting for your soul
Don’t you ever doubt it
You know it’s true
Won’t take much
To wake up the beast in you

you Know when I’m drinking
All I need is a drink
And I can’t take no more
Sitting in the middle, no
Sitting in the middle
No

Love and money
Easy come, easy go
Always seems sunny
On the other side of the road
You know it’s true
Don’t need no good friends
Just one bad friend will do

But when I’m drinking
All I need is a drink
But I can’t take no more
Living in the middle, no
Living in the middle
No

Good lord have mercy
No more shaking in my shoes
Goodbye to misery
Man that’s yesterday’s news
You’ll have to choose
Can’t abide a lie
But you sure can’t stand the truth

But when I’m drinking
Don’t need nothing but a drink
And I can’t take no more
Living in the middle, no
Living in the middle
No
Track Name: Bread & Butter
Wanna be yr bread and butter baby
oo i wanna be yr lover baby
i Wanna be your bread and butter baby
Nobody else can drive me crazy like you can

I want to peel you like a clementine
Oo I can’t wait darlin until you’re mine
Come to me baby and i’ll come to you
There ain’t doubt now that I feel for you
Oh you’re so sweet just like a tangerine
Just like the one that visits me in my dream
Loving you is just like berry blue
Being with you I just can’t keep my cool

i Wanna be yr bread and butter baby
oo i wanna be yr lover baby
i Wanna be your bread and butter baby
Nobody else can drive you crazy like i can
Oh oh oh oh....

I’ll treat you baby like an ice cream cone
You know we only need some time alone
Miss Applebum you smell like orange groves
it may be time to come up out your clothes
Blow me away just like a hurricane
Just like a bomb went off inside my brain
Come on now baby let me explain myself
spoonful or two of you is good for my health

i Wanna be yr bread and butter baby
oo i wanna be yr lover baby
i Wanna be your bread and butter baby
Nobody else can drive me crazy like you can
Track Name: ASAP
You got the car
I got the keys
You got the will
I got the need
and I know where I’m going
I got the speed
Don’t you know just how that shit rolls down the hill I know you see

Imma take the wheel
see how these horses gonna make you feel
But a man and a horse on a mission
Just might get you killled
But more like a lion
Cause this victory’s all pride
Rather reign in hell
Than get rained on in heaven
Every time

ain’t got nothing but a dream
on me
and you got something that I really really really really need
ASAP

You got the money
Let’s start the show
One for the honey
Two times to go
Ridin late at night
I’m swerving alright
I don’t need no more trouble
In my life
but i murdered a sound
And murder want out
I’d rather be running than
Six feet underground
Good luck is a charming
Trick you can’t figure out
How you drown me in the river
But I come up with a fish in my mouth

Oh ain’t got nothing but a dream
on me
and you got something that I really really really really need

ASAP
Track Name: Letter Bound
I can see you baby
See you all around
and I’m leaning baby
but I ain’t falling down
And I want you I want you I want you
to know
You can call on me
Any day

You can call me Sunday, Saturday, today
You ain’t got to go to work you can stay right here and play
Oh listen to the lightning, thunder and rain
Come on
So exciting
So glad that you came...
Oh listen to the lightning, thunder and rain
Oh come on
So excited
So glad that you came

Hey I miss you baby
Now I’m so far away
Bet I would go crazy
Cept I been that way
And I need you I need you I
need you
know
Since we don’t have the time
Gotta make it babe

You can call me Sunday, Saturday, today
You ain’t got to go to work you can stay right here and play
Oh listen to the lightning, thunder and rain
Come on it’s so exciting
So glad that you came...
Oh listen to the lightning, thunder and rain
come one it’s so exciting, i’m so glad that you came
Track Name: Demon To The Dark
i’m gonna beg for your forgiveness
i’m gonna do that from the start
Gonna need you as a witness
though you may have a hardened heart
Have I always been a sinner
or did the world pick me apart
can I somehow be put together
Sometime today cause life is short

Deacon Phillips can you hear me
My dear old man now are you there
I think my train is off the railing
Is there some way to get it clear

My heart my god it’s full of stars
and oo don’t you know don’t you know
you brought a demon to the dark

I’m in the darkness somewhere shivering
paralyzed because of fear
Been this way now since the 80s
That’s when I started with the beer
Just to help me whip the tremors
Liquor keeps me even keeled
the powder gets me through the night time
And all my day time friends are pills
Swore I’d never touch the needle
But it pricked me just the same
Started following the money
And everything is just a game
Mr. Phillips can you hear me
My dear old man now are you there
Feels just like the world is ending
Is there some way to get it clear

My heart my god it’s full of stars
and oo don’t you know don’t you know
You brought a demon to the dark
(x3)

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