Jamila Woods – “Eartha”

When Jamila Woods announced LEGACY! LEGACY! last month, we learned each song on the album was inspired by a black icon. It was to include the Nikki Giovanni tribute Woods released last year after signing to Jagjaguwar as well as one dedicated to Zora Neale Hurston that we heard upon the album announcement. Now, the Chicago R&B singer has shared a third preview from the LP.

The latest from Woods is called “Eartha.” Inspired by Eartha Kitt, it’s an exploration of conflict in romantic love set to the kind of stylish organic groove we’ve come to expect from Woods. One recurring hook goes like so: “How many times do I sit and listen to ya? I don’t know why I sittin’ listenin’ to ya.” But the one Woods has chosen to unpack for us is this one: Who gonna share my love for me with me?”

Here’s her statement on the track:

“Who gonna share my love for me with me?” These are the thoughts that play in your head after an argument with your partner. These are the pages you write in your journal the next morning. This is everything you wish you could have said, or everything you’ve said a million times without it being heard. The moment you realize you are worthy of more. Inspired by the badass spirit and wisdom of Eartha Kitt.

Listen below.

05/22 – St. Paul, MN @ The Turf Club
05/24 – Detroit, MI @ El Club
05/26 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
05/28 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues – Cleveland, Cambridge Room
05/29 – Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground
05/31 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
06/01 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
06/03 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry at The Fillmore
06/04 – Washington, DC @ Union Stage
06/06 – Raleigh, NC @ Kings
06/07 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade – Hell Stage
06/08 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
06/10 – Houston, TX @ The Studio At Warehouse Live
06/11 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
06/12 – Dallas, TX @ Deep Ellum Art Co.
06/15 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
06/17 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
06/18 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
06/19 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
06/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
06/22 – San Fransisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
06/23 – Berkeley, CA @ Cornerstone Brewery
06/25 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater
06/26 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
06/27 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret

LEGACY! LEGACY! is out 5/10 on Jagjaguwar/Closed Sessions. Pre-order it here.

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