R&B experimentalist Velvet Negroni has released his debut album NEON BROWN – it’s out now via 4AD.
Stream it here.
The album features singles ‘CONFETTI,’ ‘WINE GREEN,’ and more recently released ‘KURT KOBAIN,’ garnering praise from the likes of The FADER, The Guardian and Pigeons & Planes and The Observer toting Velvet Negroni as an artist you need to know.
On NEON BROWN, he is a griot relaying the life and times of his own island of one as he rhymes in double time, or hiccups and la-las through a break, or croons from a room down the hall. As it unfolds into another story of lost love, or another joke about lost drugs, as it tries to make sense of a life spent in the (sometimes harrowing) pursuit of communion.
Raised in an outer suburb of the Twin Cities, Jeremy Nutzman – a black kid adopted into a white evangelical Christian family – savoured the secular pop music he could only hear as a kid during ice skating competitions. Years later, his refreshingly raw approach to R&B has notched him writing credits for Kanye West and Kid Cudi, plus two features on Bon Iver’s new album. Velvet Negroni just wrapped an arena tour supporting Tame Impala, including two nights at Madison Square Garden.