Lifted from her forthcoming EP The Things I Can’t Take With Me, the video is premiering exclusively on Crack Magazine.
Yaya Bey is a singer, songwriter and multi-disciplinary artist based out of Brooklyn, New York. In her work, Bey works her way through themes of a personal nature; love, life, Black womanhood and more. She’s set to release a new self-produced EP next month via Ninja Tune’s Big Dada imprint. In fact, she was one of the very first artists to sign to the recently relaunched label. Entitled The Things I Can’t Take With Me, on the new record Bey examines a breakup that brought a slew of issues to the surface, one of which being “the childhood trauma that resurfaces in our relationships”.
Announced last month, the EP led with smooth, jazz-indebted single fxck it then. In the weeks since, Bey’s been diving into the project’s themes and surrounding references via other mediums. Last week, for example, she released a new essay entitled Why we owe the hood everything… I’ll get to that eventually, which was accompanied by a collection of collaged images taken during the fxck it then video shoot. She’s also selling these colourful collages as prints via her Bandcamp, with a portion of the proceeds going towards The Free Black Women’s Library.
Today, however, she’s sharing another new single and video for EP track September 13th. Over email, Bey tells Crack Magazine: “When I was writing September 13th I would pose in my mirror a lot which made me think of a photoshoot theme. And so the video has a love story because it’s a love song and photoshoot theme because of those moments in my bedroom posing in the mirror.”
The Things I Can’t Take With Me is out on 9 April via Big Dada. Pre-order the EP here, and watch the new video for September 13th in the player above.