London-based artist, producer and director Wesley Joseph announces news of his debut project ULTRAMARINE (out June 2021) and shares the self-directed music video for the title track. “Ultramarine” again finds Wesley expanding his creative world with a distinguished vision, producing the song himself and finishing it in the company of collaborators Lexxx (Jai Paul, Pa Salieu, Celeste) and Mike Bozzi (Kendrick Lamar, Tyler The Creator, Mac Miller).
Discussing “Ultramarine”, Wesley offered the following. “I got a drum machine last year and wrote and recorded ‘Ultramarine’ in my bedroom around the same time. The song had a really dark, romantic, twisted, future funk vibe to it. I couldn’t put my finger on what the feeling was – but it felt eerie and tense, like the soundtrack to a romantic nightmare. When I was working on my project, I created an alter-ego called Fredrick that allowed the real emotions I feel to be humanised and that pushed the limits with the fictional scenarios and worlds I could create for the songs. The lyrics were formed around a nightmare chapter of Fredrick’s life – insomnia-fuelled, out of touch and tweaked-out.
I filmed the music video as an expansion of that story and blurred those lines between reality and romanticist night terrors, filled with figments of his imagination that represent his fear of and obsession with love, and how dangerous it can be”.
Wesley’s highly anticipated debut project ULTRAMARINE will be released on his own EEVILTWINN imprint this summer. The self-produced record was made throughout last year and features eight brand new songs from Wesley, including collaborations with contemporaries Jorja Smith, Leon Vynehall, Dave Okumu and more.
Wesley Joseph has firmly established himself as an artist to watch in 2021, kicking off this year with the release of highly anticipated single “Thrilla.” The release followed “Ghostin” – a recent partnership with Najeeb Tarazi, former Pixar technical director, and finds Wesley directing another story-led mini-masterpiece.
Photo Courtesy: Rashidi Noah