Baltimore-raised, Los Angeles-based artist serpentwithfeet has unveiled the lead single and video for “Fellowship,” taken from his forthcoming album DEACON, out March 26 on Secretly Canadian.

“Fellowship,” co-written and co-produced by serpent with Sampha and Lil Silva, is a joyous ode to love, soothing with charm and the uplifting energy one gets from warm friendships. Throughout, serpent’s soulful voice slides over warm beats and delicate instrumentation, while Sampha and Lil Silva’s vocals rush in for harmonies on the lush chorus.

On the track’s video, directed by Kordae Jatafa Henry and featuring intimate clips of serpent and his partner on a deserted beach, serpent says:

“I dedicate ‘Fellowship’ to anyone who has had a good friend or been a good friend.”

On DEACON, the follow-up to his debut album, 2018’s soil, serpent explores a world where Black love is cherished. The album delves into Black and gay love, and the tenderness present between companions, romantic or otherwise. serpent allows compassion to be the backbone of his art on DEACON, as he communes with his most loving self.

After moving from his native Maryland to California, serpent made the conscious decision to exclude songs about heartbreak while crafting the material that would become DEACON. Spending time with other songwriters, and observing how they traverse language, encouraged serpent to take more creative risks.

On the album’s lyrical themes, serpent comments:

“I originally approached this project wanting to make something that felt very sensuous. Something a lot softer, a lot more gentle than my previous work. I wanted to create something that felt calm and restrained. This was my way of tapping into the energy many deacons possess.”

Stream the video for “Fellowship” below:

Preorder and stream DEACON here.

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