Adia Victoria—the sharp witted singer who's ghostly folk tunes have given Nashville a creepy edge—is working towards the release of her debut album, which is slated to arrive this May. Today, she has shared the first single off that project: "Dead Eyes," a pummeling and sinister track that finds Victoria yelping and refusing to back down. Now he's looking at me right dead in the eyes, he said I'm dead in the eyes, she sings, recounting a recent existential encounter.
In an email to The FADER, Victoria described the song's narrative thusly: "'Dead Eyes' came to me on a walk in New York City while contemplating the mythic mad black woman antagonist, a central character in the blues. Either by way of dope or dick the woman is surely loosed. Her predilection for destruction is recounted by the lovelorn bluesmen run ragged from dragging in her wake. But what if Poor Black Mattie, the bourbon-hearted jenny of blues legend, were allowed to tell you her own story—of killing her God, and making quick work of simple men? All the while remaining untouched and untamed by any of it at all."
Listen to "Dead Eyes" below; Victoria's debut is expected to arrive later this spring via Canvasback.