TIN’s “Tender” is an oozy and intimate serenade

Listen to the newest track from the Brooklyn-based R&B artist.

August 14, 2018
TIN’s “Tender” is an oozy and intimate serenade Makeup by Keith LaFuente   Photo by Bao Ngo

R&B singer TIN’s got a voice like a cold ooze — rich and smooth, with an almost metallic sheen. You can hear it on his new song “Tender,” premiering today on The FADER. Written and produced by the Brooklyn-based, Vietnamese-American artist, the track’s about finding a true closeness with a love interest, in every way. “Tenderness is who I am / touching your cheek with the back of my hand / whisper your name in the desert sand / lovin’ so good it’s a wetland,” he croons on the hook.

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When asked about the track over email, TIN shared that “the idea was born out of the lack of Asian representation in American love stories. Whenever we [do] get representation, our intimacy, sexuality, and emotions are still suppressed and underscored. This song is a story I've always fantasized about, where I'm the kind of lover you want to be with — I'm the dream you want to have.” Listen to “Tender” below.

TIN’s “Tender” is an oozy and intimate serenade