Baltimore Musician Dolphin Lets Us Into His World With “Snakes”

His upcoming project The Great Pretend will be released later this year.

Baltimore Musician Dolphin Lets Us Into His World With “Snakes” Photo by Raheel Khan

Not much is known about Dolphin other than he's a Baltimore producer and singer who writes, produces, and records his own music. Last year, he released the moving, seven-minute track "Young Black Mind." Today, the enigmatic musician is following up with new releases from his upcoming project, The Great Pretend.

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One of which, debuting on The FADER, is "Snakes." Its lush and melancholic beat underpins a warning message for listeners: So I'm not trying to change you, I love the way you think. But when they whisper in your ear, try to stay away from snakes, Dolphin sings. "'Snakes' was inspired lyrically by life experiences," the artist said via email. "Snakes in the garden, whether in business or in personal relationships. How protecting one's heart is the most important thing."

According to Dolphin, The Great Pretend will be the first of many projects coming from him. He's reportedly recorded enough material for 50 full-length albums, and plans to slowly release new content from his massive library of music in the ensuing months and years.

Dolphin said he sees his music serving a dual purpose: to document his life and to function as a "healing provider of black light." "Music saved me and healed me whenever I needed it, so I know it can do the same for others," he said. "Beyond that, I view music as an ancient tool, and with that understanding I try to make art that appeals to our higher selves and not just our lowest nature. I just want to continue to share pure, honest artistic statements untouched by hidden hands."

The Great Pretend will be released later this year via Fresh Selects. For now, listen to "Snakes" below and purchase it here.

Baltimore Musician Dolphin Lets Us Into His World With “Snakes”