L.A's Kenton Chen is a neo-soul and R&B singer whom you may recognize from his stints with Postmodern Jukebox, Scary Pockets, and The Sing-Off. In recent years Chen has also been releasing music under the name Bridesmen, reserved for songs that may be too personal to release with other people.
So it makes sense the video The FADER is premiering today for his new song "Someone Who Loves Me" focuses on something a lot of people don't like acknowledging: loneliness. Over jazzy, but minimal, piano-led production, Chen sings openly about just wanting someone to love him at the end of the day which, honestly, feels like a radical statement in this day and age's push for self-sufficiency. Watching it over, in all its vulnerability and honesty, has also cured my cynicism for ever finding love again (if only temporarily).
"Someone Who Loves Me" is simply about what its title suggests: our universal desire for love," Chen wrote via email. "These days, it feels like everything about us is at war- race, gender, sexuality, religion, class, etc.; This song/video serves as a gentle reminder that underneath it all, we just want the same thing."
Thumbnail credit to Donnie Shilling.