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Terence Nance announces debut album as Terence Etc, shares new song

V O R T E X is out on August 19 via Brainfeeder.

July 07, 2022
Terence Nance announces debut album as Terence Etc, shares new song Terence Nance and a friend. Photo by Alima Lee  

Terence Nance is the visionary director behind the Afrofuturist HBO series Random Acts of Flyness. He's also a musician, having scored his 2012 film An Oversimplification of Her Beauty and, in 2012 released his debut EP Things I Never Had as Terence Etc. Today, he announced his debut album V O R T E X , set to be released on August 9 on Brainfeeder, with a new single “In Contemplation of Clair’s Scent.”

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Much like his work in television and film, "In Contemplation of Clair's Scent" is a celebration of Blackness through a confluence. The song's 10-minute version (it also arrives with a truncated three-minute edit) feels like an exhalation at a party's peak, bringing together jazz, rap, and soul for an empowering, ambitious vibe reminiscent of pre-Air Sault.

V O R T E X is a sonic tool that I made," Nance said in a press statement, "so that I can play it for myself and balance my energy between masculine and feminine; creative and destructive; domination and submission; right and left; sun and moon; day and night: opposing energies generally. The album intends to use sound, melody, song, incantation, etc. to rebalance the self and each other throughout the constant circular movement of life.”

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Listen to "In Contemplation of Clair's Scent" below, followed by the album art and tracklist for V O R T E X.

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Terence Nance announces debut album as Terence Etc, shares new song
V O R T E X tracklist

01. V O R T E X
02. Terence’s --- Love
03. In Contemplation of Clair’s Scent
04. Stay
05. Infinince or Infinity?
06. Dragon
07. I Miss Things I Never Had
08. Sanity Envy
09. A Moment of Disguise
10. The Merchant of Flatbush
11. (S)he Forgets

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Terence Nance announces debut album as Terence Etc, shares new song