NEW ALBUM ‘LIKE NEPTUNE’ OUT NOW VIA ANTI-
SOLD-OUT SHOWS THIS WEEK AT THE GARAGE, LONDON (17 SEPT) + THE HOPE & RUIN, BRIGHTON (18 SEPT)
“The Roots and Mavis Staples collaborator balances past and future with stylish precision on uplifting fourth LP” ★★★★ MOJO
“The languid “deeper” and the joyous “stoned love” are full of spiritual healing, as self-doubt is replaced by a hard-won inner radiance” 8/10 Uncut
To celebrate the release of his new album ‘Like Neptune‘ on ANTI-, Son Little will be playing two sold-out UK shows this week.
17 Sept 2022 London, UK – The Garage – SOLD OUT
18 Sept 2022 Brighton, UK The Hope & Ruin – SOLD OUT
‘Like Neptune’ is an open and vulnerable portrayal of unbridled joy and self-acceptance. In this verdant space of freedom, Son Little transmutes the chronic pain of self-doubt into a beautiful opus about overcoming generational trauma, decorating the altar of the primordial blues and elevating the labour of healing to high art. On “inside out”, an at once overly macho part of Son Little finds power in vulnerability. “It came to me very quickly and feels very natural,” says Son Little. “I looped up the piano and drums and then freestyled into this echo chamber effect and voila.” The song places balance and directness over possessiveness and toxicity with a groove inspired by both RZA and Prince.
LISTEN TO ‘LIKE NEPTUNE’ HERE
‘Like Neptune’ was conceived in a cabin overlooking the Delaware River in upstate New York. At the beginning of lockdown, Aaron Livingston (aka Son Little) sorted through a closet and found a few boxes that contained 72 of his old writing books. “The oldest book I got as a Christmas present when I was 9,” explains Livingston. “In it, I wrote letters to myself about what was happening in my life. One page refers to a neighbor in Queens who abused me sexually around age 5. It was the first and only time I’d ever acknowledge this fact until after my 19th birthday, when I told my mother what had happened. She begged me to go to therapy. I went under protest. My attempt wasn’t sincere. I wasn’t ready. I thought I could just power through it.” Years of anxiety, depression, panic attacks and existential dread ensued, often dulled or numbed by the effects of alcohol, drugs, or sex. A car crash and arrest finally led him back into therapy in 2017. Aggressively employing progressive methods like EMDR and somatic healing, Livingston, with the help of a trusted therapist, began identifying the roots of his trauma, and where it lives in the body. But the biggest breakthrough came from Internal Family Systems, a methodology that recognizes responses to trauma triggers as distinct entities or ‘parts’ within the person, and requires the patient essentially have conversations with the different traumatized personalities within them.
‘Like Neptune’ establishes Son Little as the polyglot translator and rightful torchbearer of the celebrated musical tradition known as rhythm and blues. With it, he completes the daunting tasks of confronting himself and pushing his sound to completion. The result is a timeless body of work reflective of his deep internal desire to inhabit the most radiant version of himself and become a positive force in the lives of people around him.
‘Like Neptune’ Tracklist
2. 6 AM
3. like neptune
4. bend yr ear
5. inside out
6. Didn’t Mean a Thing
7. stoned love
9. no friend of mine
10. Playing Both Sides
12. what’s good
Photo credit: Cynthia Perez