Listen to Kevin Abstract's heavenly new collab with Ryan Beatty, SIERRA NIGHTS
The BROCKHAMPTON lead follows his collaboration with slowthai and $NOT with another beauty - and there's plenty more on the way.
2021 is a big year for Kevin Abstract. As the leading member of BROCKHAMPTON, he worked on and released the band's sixth album ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE back in June, and has been teasing the band's seventh - and final album - to come out later this year. Then, there's the follow up to his second solo record ARIZONA BABY that was released in 2019; the sequel to the Jack Antonoff-produced record scheduled for release later this year as well, on top of the aforementioned BROCKHAMPTON epilogue.
While we're of course excited about yet another new BROCKHAMPTON album (especially because ROADRUNNER was such a brilliant moment for the group), there's something incredibly enticing about the next solo Kevin Abstract album - and the teasers of it thus far have been amongst the best work Kevin has ever put out. Just think back to SLUGGER the other week for example; the first taste of Kevin Abstract's next record, that brought him together with slowthai and $NOT for a bouncing and energetic return that felt unlike anything on ARIZONA BABY, signalling an exciting turn of direction.
Now, we get the second taste of album number three through its second single SIERRA NIGHTS, and when placed alongside SLUGGER, it's clear that this is going to be quite a multi-faceted and complex record. SIERRA NIGHTS brings Abstract together with close friend and collaborator Ryan Beatty, whose heavenly vocals have become a favourite over the last few years thanks to his own solo projects as well as his work as a near-honourary member of BROCKHAMPTON, featuring on all of the band's latest records.
SIERRA NIGHTS highlights the connection Abstract and Beatty have; their vocals twisting amongst one another above a hazy, yet kind-of left-field-teasing production that's a little more R&B-esque than SLUGGER, yet still carries the slight edge introduced through the album's first tease. It's a combination that works really well this time around, as their smooth vocals contrast against the rush of the production underneath; this butter-y, yet dynamic sound being one that we hope will feature heavily on Abstract's next record, as it's obviously something that works.
The single comes with a self-directed video from Abstract, which of course, features cinematography by BROCKHAMPTON's Ashlan Grey. It's one hell of a time, and you can watch the video - and listen to the song - below, and keep your eyes peeled for more news on BROCKHAMPTON #7 and Kevin Abstract #3 to come by the end of the year: