Maxwell is back.
The Neo-Soul pioneer has unlocked new single ‘We Never Saw It Coming.’
Aptly titled, the track launch comes as somewhat of a surprise, although the crooner had been cryptically teasing the title ‘The Glass House’ on social media.
As it turns out, ‘The Glass House’ is a dramatic short film designed as a vehicle for ‘We Never Saw It Coming’.
We wish we could tell you more about the Bush + Renz helmed visual, but it premiered on TIDAL and is currently sitting on the platform as an exclusive. So there goes that.
Thankfully though, the song has been made available more widely. Take a listen below…
We love us some Maxwell, but this is a little lacking.
Perhaps it strikes a more potent chord when paired with its visual, but in isolation its core melody seems lost amidst a seemingly endless stream of sentences. Wordy ones at that.
Sure his appeal has never been rooted in candy-coated hooks, however this would have been better served with a sweeter approach to its sonics and memorability.
Still, a part of us is just elated to have Maxwell back on the scene and we remain amped for his new album ‘NIGHT’ (which arrives later in the year). It serves as the concluding part of his ‘BLACKsummers’night‘ trilogy.
Speaking to That Grape Juice recently, the 45-year-old confirmed that he wouldn’t be taking as long a break as he’s been renown for (see: the seven year gap between his last two projects).
And, at the very least, he’s standing by that promise.
Now all that’s needed is more compelling material.