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“Mm daa la da dat da,” glides from Redd’s lips as she starts “Heavyweight”, the third single from her debut album, Monsters & Mothers. It’s Americana from Billie Holiday to The Doors packaged in six syllables and a guitar. The airy opening promises a story filled with reflection and growth. Redd does not lie.

“Many a man, his life has sold/ But to the outside of her to behold,” she croons. Seductive lies met with stark reality, leading to learning and growth from the end of this relationship.

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Every story on the upcoming album tells a story either something hounding Redd (a “monster”) or something that picks us up and fixes us (a “mother”). “Heavyweight” sits between the two, a monster in the beginning and a mother helping you through it.

Painful, simple truths told through a simple melody. The slow vocal trill ornamentation emphasizes the off-balanced feeling that comes from a rough experience. “I could stay,” she muses—a desire, a plea, an admission. “He told me he liked gold,” reflects Redd—a hope, a lament, a place to move forward from.

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Experience comes whether it’s asked for or not.

Stream “Heavyweight” below.

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