Assasssin (aka, Agenst Sasco, who is perhaps most recently known for his guest features on Kendrick Lamar's song "The Blacker The Berry" off his album, To Pimp a Butterfly and Kanye West’s "I'm In It" off his album, Yeezus), as well as dub pioneer and legend Lee "Scratch" Perry and Brooklyn’s own Matisyahu, with whom the pair recently collaborated with on their infectious single, "Unraveling", released last year.
"Fragments" lifts off with an edgy and subtle build of drums and synths sparsely arranged around lead vocalist Juli Ronderos’ other-worldly voice – a deceptive ballad which soon explodes into a lively, tangled and intense beat.
Speaking on the track, Juliana says:
"'Fragments' was written in a year that the general public are calling the 'worst year ever'. War, mass killings, civil unrest, and violent populism are now all-too-common features of life in a global society. 'Fragments' is the effect that conflict takes on us - making us crumble into small pieces as we hope to find balance and strength to reattach. Conflicts big and small, on an everyday personal basis and those of humanity - all they do is break us. What I want to say with this song is that we can 'calibrate' our love. It takes an active, rather than a passive attitude to tune into love and tune into empathy and not hurt others around us, to not argue in what I call 'the wrong way' which is arguing with hatred and fear. We've all seen way too much of this lately. I believe we can calibrate our love."
Listen to "Fragments" below.
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"Fragments" is available now on iTunes.
Premiere via Consequence of Sound.