Andra Day, 'Gold' Watch the soul singer introduce and then perform a new song frankly depicting her own past infidelity.
YouTube

All Songs TV

First Watch: Andra Day, 'Gold'

Andra Day walks the line between reverence and revelation, using both to her advantage. The soul, jazz and R&B singer cultivates an aesthetic with clear reference points in the past, but she tells stories firmly rooted in her present. It's a jarring and compelling combination.

Day's singing has much in common with instantly recognizable voices: She's got Eartha Kitt's unflappable confidence, Amy Winehouse's effortless grasp of classic jazz, Billie Holiday's access to raw emotion and Adele's range and pop sensibility. And yet there is never any doubt that what Andra Day is presenting comes straight from Andra Day.

In the case of this video, Day's ownership is apparent in her choice of very personal subject matter. As she describes it in the video's introduction, "Gold" is the story of Day coming to terms with her own past infidelity after having a new partner be unfaithful to her. It's a song with a not terribly flattering light for its singer to stand in.

This is a young singer on what could be a quick and bright rise, so a song this revealing this early in her career is both promising and deeply refreshing. Songs like this could eventually position Day as an inspiration for the next young singer with style and stories to tell.

Andra Day's debut album Cheers To The Fall comes out Aug. 28 on Warner Bros.

[+] read more[-] less

More From All Songs TV

Andrew Bird Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of the artist

First Watch: Andrew Bird Is Bloodless

Andrew Bird sings, "it's an uncivil war bloodless for now / and the poets they explode like bombs." Watch Andrew Bird peer into our distracted culture precisely when it needs our attention.

JS Ondara's debut album Tales of America is out Feb. 1 on Verve Forecast. Josh Cheuse/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Josh Cheuse/Courtesy of the artist

The 'American Dream' Through The Kenyan Eyes Of J.S. Ondara

J.S. Ondara's "American Dream" video follows a delusional man on his journey to purchase a weapon.

Steve Hassett and Zoe Randell of Luluc Charlotte de Mezamat/Courtesy of the artistr hide caption

toggle caption Charlotte de Mezamat/Courtesy of the artistr

Luluc's 'Kids' Is An Ode To Restless Youth

The Australian duo's video and song, "Kids," is an anthem for teens trying to find their place in the world.

Rising Appalachia Chad Hess/Courtesy of the Artist hide caption

toggle caption Chad Hess/Courtesy of the Artist

Rising Appalachia Write A 'Resilient' Anthem

The sister duo's song and dance-filled video is an uplifting and life-affirming ballad for challenging times.

Back To Top