Rahill has just shared her reflective cowboy jazz single, ‘Bended Light,’ a woozy cascade of rhyme and flow coiled around Jasper Marsalis’s jazz chords, which began as a vocal melody which Rahill sent via voice note during a brief stay in her home state, Michigan. The track was conceived spontaneously during its recording with LA musician Jasper Marsalis (Slauson Malone) and producer Alex Epton(FKA Twigs, Skepta) Rahill is the solo project of American/ Iranian artist Rahill Jamalifard, better known as co-founder and vocalist of Brooklyn rockers Habibi.
Speaking of the new single, Rahill said, “I wrote ‘Bended Light’ inspired by old country ballads, it was intended to be a country song/folk song. I sent the vocal melody to Alex Epton and we agreed Jasper’s guitar would really fit the song. So I sent him just the vocal melody, the first verse/chorus and he sent back the guitar that you hear on the track. It was immediately perfect, no tweaking necessary – he captured the emotion so exactly, that’s why I love collaborating with him. He’s very intuitive and his playing is so emotive. I can sing a note and he knows what direction I’m going in. His jazz style guitar and outro he produced added dimension to the somber country inspired vocal, I really felt like we made a genre up, ‘Cowboy Jazz’.”
‘Bended Light‘ follows recent psychedelic art pop single and music video for ‘Fables’ featuring vocal and guitar contributions from Beck with Clash describing the track as “a dreamy slice of neo-psychedelic songwriting.”
Upcoming album Flowers At Your Feet is out on May 12th via Big Dada and feature collaborations with both Beck and Jasper Marsalis and follows Rahill’s nostalgic 2022 covers EP Sun Songs, seeing her moving along a journey of self-acceptance and self-love; reflecting on childhood and family while honouring the people and moments that defined her.
The project draws on elements of trip-hop, jazz and alt-rock music, all underpinned by Rahill’s reverent and thoughtful lyricism, invoking the spirit of Broadcast to Madlib. Recorded in phases during the lockdown, the album was created in close collaboration between Rahill and producer Alex Epton who immediately identified the strength and potential of Rahill’s pre-existing solo compositions, some of which she’d written years earlier and others written spontaneously during the recording process.
Rahill will be holding a record release show May 13th at Brooklyn’s Baby’s All Right. Event info and tickets can be found here.
‘Bended Light’ is out now, with ‘Flowers At Your Feet’ arriving May 12th on Big Dada.
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