For the Maxwell fans out there, still running back Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite, BLACKsummers’night and blackSUMMERS’night, here’s a bit of good news for you. The soulful singer has announced that the last album of his latest trilogy—which began with the aforementioned 2009 and 2016 albums—is on the way. NIGHT will arrive in 2019 via Columbia Records.
On top of the announcement, Maxwell also shared the first single from the project, “Shame,” which was written and produced by himself (as “Musze”) and long-time collaborator Hod David.
According to Maxwell, “‘Shame’ is a modern love song. Not just romantic love, but love for self and others. Social media has created an alternate world where people watch everything you do, including your failures. They even often feel a sense of joy in your pain. This creates a barrier to real intimacy because we’re preoccupied with appearances; with measuring up to what society thinks we should be, how we should look, what we should have and what we should aspire to.”
“The song is about removing that mask of expectation and letting go of the shame of being real and vulnerable,” he continues in his statement. “The shadow of shame can only be broken when we unveil ourselves, and recognize that we that we are all human – flawed yet perfect, broken yet stronger with each obstacle.”
As you wait for more details on NIGHT to emerge, press play on “Shame” up top.