Willow Smith shared a new song on Friday (Oct. 27) titled “Romance” that pairs Spanish guitar with expressive lyricism with the kind of sparse instrumentation that would feel at home on a playlist with Tracy Chapman and Fiona Apple.
This self-produced track shows Smith is adept at bending the notes of her voice — one second her vocals are soaring, the next her voice curdles under the weight of its breathiness. The 16-year-old has clearly inherited the brand of free-thinking cerebrality repped by her brother Jaden’s Twitter account, as she sings lyrics like, “Morality doesn’t exist/ It’s a construct we breed into children who see/ We create our paradigms, we create all our lives.”
But in the last verse, she launches into sociopolitical issues: “I’m imagining a different history/ Where man and women stay equal/ In the eyes of society.” Political activism isn’t new to the prodigy, who joined the Dakota Access Pipeline protest in North Dakota last year.
Listen to Willow’s “Romance” below.