Seinabo Sey returns with the four-song EP ‘Sweet Life’, her first new music since 2018’s ‘I’m a Dream’.
Seinabo Sey rose to prominence in 2015 following the release of two EPs and her debut album, ‘Pretend’. The album has amassed over one billion combined global streams to date. The boundary-blurring artist has won four Swedish Grammis Awards and topped the HypeMachine chart five times. In the beginning of 2020, Sey had just started touring as opening act for Ms Lauryn Hill when COVID-19 struck. Sey spent the pandemic crafting an EP that ferries listeners to a place of peace.
I wanted to create a world that was like TLC’s ‘Waterfalls,’ just a little paradise for Black girls, where everything’s okay and nothing is a problem, Seinabo Sey explains.
On ‘Blue’, she sings about accepting her circumstances, gaining a reverence for herself and a slower pace of life as she connects with different surroundings. “Treetops over these white rocks tell me go slow baby, slow/ real life tells me to stand up I be like no, baby, no,” she sings. ‘I’m Just Mad (Bitch)’ is a defiant anthem where the singer stays strong in the face of a breakup. The EP’s closing track, ‘Sweet Dreams’, is an ode to her pandemic state of mind, reflective and focused on achieving her goals amid the chaos happening elsewhere. On ‘Rom-Com’ featuring Hannes, they trace the story of two people who want to fall in love but are held back by their fears.
Listen to ‘Sweet Life’ below.