On the back of a series of pre-lockdown shows at some of Manchester’s most esteemed venues, Femi Tahiru’s latest release shows the rising indie R&B artist at his best yet. In ‘The Weekend’ singer and guitarist Tahiru pairs washy jazz changes with smooth and subtle vocal hooks. With building synths and percussion, producers Luke Mac and Baga create an atmosphere of growing intoxication and paranoia.
The track centres on how a close bond with a partner can contrast with feelings of disconnect from a wider social circle, as the artist sings, ‘it’s not fair to be paying the price of your love/how much does it cost/how much did you take from me/how long I’ve been lost.’ Touching on themes of social anxiety, solace, and interdependence, ‘The Weekend’ is a raw take on losing yourself in a relationship to the point that others become strange, distant, and irrelevant.
Watch: Femi Tahiru – The Weekend
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