Khalid threw it back to his roots on Wednesday (Sept. 20) by sharing a track exclusively on SoundCloud titled, “Perfect (rough draft).” Before he became an emerging star, two years ago, he followed the same blueprint and released “Saved (rough draft).”
“Saved” ended up on the tracklist for his debut album American Teen, which arrived last March. But, the new acoustic song shared on Wednesday (Sept. 20) will stay on SoundCloud.
“The first song I released was a rough draft on SoundCloud,” he tweeted. “I’m leaving this on SoundCloud as well. Thank you guys, love you”
The song is called “Perfect (rough draft).”
a song from the soul.https://t.co/8vlHFniXpb
— Khalid (@thegreatkhalid) September 20, 2017
We hear nothing but an acoustic guitar and Khalid’s voice — what has become a signature sound. In part, he croons:
I’ve been on my own for a long time, I’m feelin’ kinda lonely
Nothing’s fun when I’m the only one out here who knows me
Something’s stopping me from becoming a better person
I could try to pace myself, but I don’t think that it’s worth it
What’s the point in workin’, if a wish is never certain?
I know I’ll never be… perfect
The 19-year-old couldn’t have done this at a better time for SoundCloud as the online streaming service just nearly escaped bankruptcy this summer.
We are here for it all.
Listen to “Perfect (rough draft)” in full below.