22-year-old singer-songwriter and producer Liv.e has released her debut studio album Couldn’t Wait to Tell You via In Real Life with pre-orders available for vinyl and cassette. The Los Angeles-based, Dallas-born artist has been steadily releasing singles that serve as hypnotizing vignettes into her psyche full of dusty loops and smooth vocals. Today she also premieres the new music video for “I Been Livin’” inspired by her Texas roots. With cowboy hat and fur coat on, Liv.e drives on a lonely highway and soaks up the sunshine.
Her cosigns include collaborator Earl Sweatshirt, Tyler, The Creator and more — her friend Erykah Badu hosted an album release party for her on the freshly minted “Quarantine Concert Series: The Apocalypse,” created by Badu as an outlet during the coronavirus. “What better artist to highlight as an extension of what I am creating?” Badu said. “I’ve known Liv.e as family since forever. She was this young shy, creative girl who found her way into my heart. We graduated from the same arts high school years apart. Liv.e is of the same tribe.”
“I Been Livin’” first featured a lo-fi visualizer to hold you over until today’s release. “I was feeling like my soul has been here before and lived many lives. I can feel it in my body and my mind,” Liv.e said in a recent press release of “I Been Livin’”. “It’s prior knowledge that’s instilled in my DNA. It’s about being hyper-aware of the frequencies that go through you and feeling the weight of the world and traveling through time.”
Liv.e’s music videos have elevated each of her recent singles. She’s effortlessly infused her music with the occasional chopped and screwed influences and plenty of nostalgic R&B like on “SirLadyMakemFall” where she rocks gold grills and performs through the grain of a vintage VHS camera. She performed a number of these Couldn’t Wait tracks in her own “Quarantine Session”, too. “LazyEaterBetsOnHerLikeness” finds the artist at her most emotive and the Pink Siifu-directed music video is a must watch for the retro informercial aesthetic.
“There was something speaking through me. It was pretty much all from spirit, whoever that is,” Liv.e said of the new project. Much of it was recorded at her mother’s home in St. Louis. “I was transitioning into a space of complete independence. This is the album that I can look at and say, This is when I began transitioning into who I am today. I knew it was a good time to bookmark that moment.”
“For the past year I’ve been an artist writing a story called Couldn’t Wait To Tell You…. This story — or as you would call it, this album — is like a completion of a web, a web that signifies what I call a closing chapter of my life. Summed up, of course by all the different parts of me.”
Listen to Liv.e’s debut album Couldn’t Wait to Tell You below. In more music updates, Action Bronson returned as a bodybuilder for his first new song and visual of the year, “Latin Grammys.”