Though they may have a reputation for being the brooding, dark rogues of the astrological charts, Scorpios have a tendency toward some deeper emotional complexity, as astrologer Kerry Ward wrote in Cosmopolitan in October. “Underneath, it’s all a lot more emotional and layered,” she said. “Scorpios got ‘levels,’ they are the zodiac’s enigma.”
That fact is entirely present on R&B singer Abisha‘s brand-new EP Scorpio (out now via Spindle Music). Stripping away her sign’s hard exterior to examine its soft underbelly, Abisha’s new EP, comprised of three previously released singles along with her new titular track, gleams with gentle guitar riffs, deep bass notes and emotionally intense lyrics as she sings about queer love (“Love Like This”), self-reflection (“Scorpio”) and more.
In a statement released with the album, Abisha said that she wanted to explore the unexamined part of herself on her new EP. “Scorpio is a self-reflection and confession. It’s about wanting to let people know that whatever exterior I may give off, I’m extremely soft and sensitive beneath all of that,” she said. “Scorpios are supposedly very mysterious and I admit it does take me awhile to come out of my shell!”
Abisha also reflected on her journey to self-acceptance, saying that her journey through music has afforded her an opportunity to finally feel comfortable with who she is. “Growing up black and gay in a place that’s largely white and where I didn’t know of anyone else who was queer, I had this feeling of being different for most of my life,” she said. “There wasn’t anyone around for me to identify with, and there weren’t even many popular queer artists back then … Now that I’m discovering who I am as an artist, I’m also discovering who I am as a person, and I’ve finally gotten to a place where I’m happy to stand out and express myself every way I can.”
Check out Abisha’s moving new EP Scorpio below: