The avant-garde r&b artisan, serpentwithfeet, caused quite a stir with the 2016 EP blisters. The EP showcased a blend of soul and chamber pop filtered through deeply experimental production and singular imagination. I consider the collection’s standout track “four ethers” to be one of the very best songs of the decade. Fortunately for me and everyone else, serpentwithfeet will be releasing the long awaited debut full-length, soil, this summer. We’ve already heard album closer “bless ur heart” and we can now wrap our ears and heads around “cherubim”.
“cherubim” leans heavily into serpentwithfeet’s gospel background while mutating key genre features into a maximalist r&b stomp. Lyrics like “making love to you is my job” illustrate the act of falling love as it’s own kind of religion. If the song wasn’t already impressive enough, the images captured in the video more than match the music’s splendor. serpentwithfeet and a lover demonstrate some magnetic dance moves, longing, and sensuality while alone in a rundown house. Watch the video below.