Following a tremendous run of singles, Kingsley Ibeneche is ready to step into the next chapter of his creative journey.
The Camden, New Jersey singer-songwriter, soundscaper, and dancer will release his latest album, Udo, in September of this year, and late last week he shared a teaser of the new record: the meditative and mellifluous “Asked For Light.”
The song had an in-person premiere Thursday night at Black Star Film Festival, and hit streaming services the day after. Produced with Ibeneche’s longtime collaborator Lee Clarke, “Asked For Light” is built on meditative lyrics that free-associate on disarray (“here I go crumbling”) but are held together by dreamy acoustic guitars, light beats, and swelling harmonies reminiscent of Moses Sumney’s Aromanticism.
“I wrote this song for the ‘new healer,'” Ibeneche explains on Instagram, saying that “Asked For Light” is very special to Clarke and himself. “We spent a good amount of time carving and molding the shape of this song. I’m a lucky dude to be able to work with Lee. He has always believed in me and supported me in the fullest way possible. I learn from him up close and from afar.”
Listen to “Asked For Light” below.