Praise for Spencer.
“a slender piece of twilight soul” – CLASH on ‘Maybe’
“This song feels like the entire autumn season and your favorite worn-in sweater all bundled together.” – Nylon on ‘2much’
“A hazy, soulful, retro-meets-now song that finds the middle ground between alt-R&B and chillwave.” – Brooklyn Vegan on ‘Automatic’
“Put this on your 2 a.m. playlist” – The FADER on ‘Automatic’
“Showcasing his richly textured vocals and shot through with an intriguing sense of nostalgia.” – Pigeons & Planes
“He’s destined for big things because he moves differently.” – Lyrical Lemonade
Today, New York artist Spencer. shares his latest single ‘Maybe’ via 4AD / Remote Control Records. A manifesto on the trials of growing up, the song is paired with a video that sees his soul taking a trip directed by Sabrina Nichols. Spencer.’s dewy, sleek vocals carry along honeyed lyrics that illustrate the feeling of a first love. The 21-year-old musician melds R&B with his velvety vocals, hip-hop in his off-kilter beats, funk in his effervescent basslines, and moody indie rock in his reverb-soaked guitar, which he writes, records and produces almost in isolation, even before quarantine. ‘Maybe’ is preceded by recent singles ‘2 Much’, ‘Automatic’ and ‘Hold It Down’. Spencer. is currently working on his debut full length album.
Raised by chemists – his mother a Jamaican immigrant and first in her family to attend university, and his dad a British immigrant with a love of soul music – in Rochester, NY, Spencer. credits the city’s rich and underappreciated creative scene for fostering his growth as an artist. Through a love of Erykah Badu and Miles Davis (his middle name’s namesake), an invitation to join a program by the best jazz school in the country and access to an early generation iPad to discover and create music, Spencer. paved his own path. Less than a year after dropping out of college in the summer of 2018, he’d racked up millions of streams on Spotify with self-released singles ‘Want U Back’ and ‘To Be You’, garnered glowing reviews on both sides of the Atlantic, and signed a record deal.