Published Jun 08, 2020Leon Bridges is absolutely a voice we should all be listening to more often, and he's just returned with a beautiful, heartfelt new single called "Sweeter."
The track, which features Terrace Martin, is as much solemn as it is sweet. Here, he sings the refrain "Hoping for a life more sweeter / Instead I'm just a story repeating / Why do I fear with skin dark as night? / Can't feel peace with those judging eyes." Sparse instrumentation backs the track.
In a statement, Leon offered the following:
Growing up in Texas I have personally experienced racism, my friends have experienced racism. From adolescence we are taught how to conduct ourselves when we encounter police to avoid the consequences of being racially profiled. I have been numb for too long, calloused when it came to the issues of police brutality. The death of George Floyd was the straw that broke the camel's back for me. It was the first time I wept for a man I never met. I am George Floyd, my brothers are George Floyd, and my sisters are George Floyd. I cannot and will not be silent any longer. Just as Abel's blood was crying out to God, George Floyd is crying out to me. So, I present to you Sweeter.
Listen to "Sweeter" below.