This evening for “music night” at The Wild Reed I share “Off,” the lead single from singer-songwriter Maxwell’s forthcoming album, blacksummer’NIGHT.
first album in the trilogy was released in 2009 and the second in 2016.
Writes Robyn Mowatt of “Off”: “[I]t’s a blissful, soft ride that preps listeners for what’s to come from the beloved singer. Hod David, a longtime collaborator, and Maxwell co-produced the cut. In its entirety, the track is stunning, it’s seductive but it’s also riveting.
Tom Breihan similarly notes that “Off” sees Maxwell in his “seductive comfort zone.”
The song’s “all about shooting all your shots and being on a mission to go off,” writes Breihan. “This is Maxwell truly giving the people what they want: I see you in the dark / You’re like moonlit spark / I’m in awe / Creamy chocolate work of art / Your skin is so damn soft / Coco butter silky thoughts. . . . The song is a slow, watery, atmospheric quiet-storm jam with a softly murmuring bassline and a slow eruption of guitar. It’s just as lovely and horny as you could possibly expect a new Maxwell song to be.”
Related Off-site Links:
Maxwell Is Finally Free – Elias Leight (Rolling Stone, November 16, 2021).
Maxwell Announces 2022 Tour and Shares New Song “Off” – Matthew Ismael Ruiz (Pitchfork, November 16, 2021).
Maxwell Gets Lost In An Otherworldly Love With “Off” Visual – Mya Abraham (Vibe, November 30, 2021).
Maxwell on Good Morning America – February 16, 2022.
For more of Maxwell at The Wild Reed, see:
• Maxwell’s Welcome Return (2016)
• Maxwell in the House
• Rockin’ with Maxwell
• Maxwell’s Welcome Return (2009)
• Maxwell in Concert
• The Return of Maxwell
• Maxwell’s Hidden Gem