Brooklyn vocalist Maralisa Simmons-Cook bears the depths of her soul on “Blue,” the newest single by experimental R&B group Space Captain. Maralisa’s hooks hit like a knife to the heart and boast a dynamic range of style and sensibility— from Bjorkian bellows to greasy Winehouse croons. “I’ve discovered a feeling of numbness after experiencing so many disruptive things that I no longer feel shocked or bothered by emotional trauma anymore,” she wrote in a statement about the song, “It’s a wall I’ve put up.” Despite the negative elements that inspired “Blue,” Space Captain find resolution among kaleidoscopic grooves and sleek, serpentine melodies that suggest the dawn of something better and brighter.
Space Captain’s full-length debut, All Flowers In Time, is out next month on UK soul imprint Tru Thoughts. Listen to “Blue” below.