Spree Wilson's "Counterfeit" is smooth as hell—a carefully written ode to a love that might not be what it seems. Every bit/ I take it all but it's counterfeit/ And I been hit/ The more I get/ The more I want to get out of it, he sings over a warm cloud of a beat. If the song's tender textures feel familiar, that's perhaps because it comes courtesy of Malay, the producer behind much of Frank Ocean's Channel Orange. And we hear Ocean himself was in the studio for the track's recording. To match the song's easy vibes, Wilson directed a gorgeous, colorful video, premiering today on The FADER.
"The video was inspired by Robert Palmer's 'Addicted To Love,' but where Mr. Palmer uses a white, European beauty standard, I decided to counter it with a strong cast of beautiful black women," Wilson told The FADER over email. "Black representation in the media is extremely important to me, specifically the way black women are represented. With 'Counterfeit,' I want to push the boundaries of society's current beauty standards by celebrating the beauty of dark skin without the hypersexualization."
Hit play above, and stay tuned for details about a forthcoming EP.