02-06-2024 Music 205

Dua Saleh - unruly (feat. serpentwithfeet)

Dua Saleh - unruly (feat. serpentwithfeet)

LA-based Sudanese-American artist Dua Saleh (they/them) shares the first glimpse of new material, a collaboration with Grammy-nominated Secretly Canadian artist serpentwithfeet.

Across three EPs since 2019, heralded by The New York Times ("commanding"), NPR ("visionary"), and Pitchfork ("ambitious and riveting") — alongside their breakout role in the Netflix series Sex Education — has deftly fused and inverted genre conventions with a socially conscious style driven by melody, grit, and bravado. In 2023, they signed with Ghostly with the punk-leaning single "daylight falls" and took the cover of GAY TIMES as their Rising Star in Music honour recipient.

Saleh finds a kindred spirit in serpentwithfeet. "Something about his voice is so captivating," says Saleh. "I think our connection musically is queerness, being able to have that against-all-odds connection with somebody where we may have had to resist our identity initially when we were younger. There's a power that queerness holds for both of us."

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