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S. Raekwon Shares New Track ‘Forever’ – Debut Album “Where I’m at Now” due October 8th via Father/Daughter

August 26, 2021
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S. Raekwon

NYC artist shares new track ‘Forever’

Debut album Where I’m at Now, out October 8th via Father/Daughter

New York’s S. Raekwon (Steven Raekwon Reynolds), now shares ‘Forever’, the beautifully intimate new single from his upcoming debut album Where I’m at Now, which is out October 8th on Father/Daughter.

The concept of forever is impossible for me to wrap my head around,” Reynolds explains. “I think that’s the case for most of us. And yet love and relationships are often framed by this idea that you should know who you want to spend your entire life with. So this song is a conversation framed by a series of questions: What is forever? Can you touch it? Can you hold it? How does it play out in the day to day?”

Stripping back the lush R&B of previous single ‘Darling’, ‘Forever’ instead poses these questions through delicate guitar playing and Reynolds warm, inviting vocals. It’s a window into a private moment, a stream-of-consciousness exploration of love itself.

At only 2 minutes 48 seconds, S.Raekwon creates this emotional ensemble that moves you to your core. The length feels longer as the journey you embark on from the first note covers such ample ground. The minimalist notes propel the harmonious vocal notes to the focal point throughout, emotion bleeds through every vocal note, each lyric and resonates into the reflective and truly intimate arrangement.

This honest release is truly stunning, the painstaking affection alludes to such a raw beauty you can’t help but be so moved from “Forever”. S.Raekwon lets down all barriers to offer up this truly tender and touching release, by allowing the audience into the midst of this fragile creation we see S.Raekwon in this fearless light.

Recorded between New York City and a six-month stint at his girlfriend’s parents’ home in Edwardsville, IL during the pandemic, Where I’m at Now is the album S. Raekwon made for himself with a clarity that arrived as he located his missing pieces in the world. His time in the Midwest proved influential on Reynolds; it is where he reconnected with the Black side of his family, his father’s, and took part in the worldwide protests against police brutality.

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S. Raekwon, born Steven Raekwon Reynolds on July 10, 1995, is a singer/songwriter and producer from New York City by way of Buffalo, NY. The S. Raekwon project finds Reynolds documenting traces of a life both affected and infatuated by the power of difference. Reynolds’ journey began as a biracial Black boy in working-class Buffalo. He never met his father and grew up with a white mother who loved musical theatre and playing piano. He didn’t cut his teeth via a DIY scene, or in bands with neighbors and classmates; the isolation gave him space to channel his guarded nature into a freedom forged by the noises in his head.

After graduating from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Reynolds moved to the East Village in NYC, an area he’s been fascinated by since family trips as a teenager. In Spring 2018, as he worked a day job and sought connections with others, Reynolds wrote and tracked the first S. Raekwon demos in his dingy studio apartment. Rather than self-releasing, Reynolds shopped the demos around, leading to the release of his 2020 debut single ‘Parts Towards Whole’ b/w ‘A Crow’s Smile’ via Saddle Creek’s Document Series. 

Recorded between New York City and a six-month stint at his girlfriend’s parents’ home in Edwardsville, IL during the pandemic, Where I’m at Now is the album S. Raekwon made for himself with a clarity that arrived as he located his missing pieces in the world. Delicate as his approach may be, chaos truly underscored the two working years as Reynolds not only moved to lift the weight of the world off his spirit but connected with his roots. In a serendipitous turn of fate, Edwardsville was not only the same town Reynolds’ father once went to college but is also in close proximity to St. Louis where most of Reynolds’ Black family members are located. When he didn’t work on music, he protested against police violence in Missouri, and eventually reconnected with this family for the first time since his childhood. Upon leaving Edwardsville in September 2020, Reynolds quickly finished the rest of the album, charged by a new fire in his spirit and the light of his blood driving him towards a new beginning.

Where I’m at Now embodies several palpable shifts in the S. Raekwon project, and Reynolds as a man. Completely self-produced and self-recorded (save for drums on two songs,) the music’s driven by the relentlessness of the East Village and the quiet serenity of Edwardsville. The abstractions of his earlier musings transform into a warm wave of genreless coherence, drawing influences from across R&B, rock, folk, and pop to build a record that shines in its quiet spaces as much as its sweeping movements.

Track Listing
Do You Feel the Same?
Kissing Behind Your House
Anywhere 4 U
It’s No Thing
After the Party
Darling (Reprise)
Don’t Leave

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