Singaporean R&B singer-songwriter Sezairi hooks up with Filipino rapper Young Cocoa for catchy new track “Dead”
The infectious song is part of Sezairi’s third album, Violets Aren’t Blue — out today via Sony Music Singapore
Singaporean musician and singer-songwriter Sezairi teams up with rising Filipino rapper Young Cocoa for the slinky R&B jam “Dead.”
The track, which follows the release of Young Cocoa’s bossa-meets-rap ditty “Nova” and Sezairi’s streaming hit “Restless Love,” is produced by Canadian hiphop/electronic producer duo Potatohead People. It also comes with a visualizer that expands on the song’s theme with a moody, melancholic touch.
Setting the theme for an exhilarating listening experience, the catchy bop serves as the focus track from Sezairi’s third album, ‘Violets Aren’t Blue‘, which features his previous singles, ‘Raindrops’, ‘Blue’, ‘Fool’, and ‘Restless Love’, and three new tracks that continue his plunge into the depths of love, infatuation, and the desperation of seeking to fill an empty heart.
In this album, Sezairi turns the famous 18th-century poem on its head, challenging the cliched expectations and idealism of great love and being swept off your feet by someone who sees you better than you see yourself.
“The reality isn’t quite the same. Just like how violets aren’t actually blue, love isn’t actually easy. The true strength of love lies in the adversity, the physical labor in the gardening of two people to make each other truly blossom.”
Starting at the first moment of attraction and the infatuated daydreams of an idealised future that follows, we follow Sezairi throughout the album on a journey of the bittersweet realities of temporary love.
Dead (ft. Young Cocoa)
Blue (ft. msftz)
In addition to Young Cocoa, who is signed to Southeast Asian label OFFMUTE, Sezairi pulled together a myriad of talents to co-create this piece this work: Korean artist and labelmate msftz, New Zealander producer Josh Fountain (BENEE, MAALA, Theia), Canadian producer duo Potatohead People, Australian singer-songwriter Brooke Toia, music video director duo Nasri Lian and Hanie Hidayah, fellow Singaporean artists Linying and lewloh, illustrator Sleeping Geisha, and more.
“On a personal level, this album is really the result of a long depressive episode amidst the pandemic and discovering how to re-contextualise my past experiences so I can live alongside them in peace. Working on the songs in isolation was incredibly difficult but assembling my dream team of creatives to work with made it incredibly worth it.”
Official Artwork & Lyrics available HERE
Official Press Photos HERE
‘Violets Aren’t Blue’ is available on all digital streaming platforms from 8th July 2022.
Link goes live upon release: lnk.to/Sezairi_VioletsArentBlue
Sezairi represents artistry at its most humble state — from his very core, driven by a love and passion for music. Since the early beginnings of his career, Sezairi has accumulated invaluable experience, shaping him both as an artist and an individual.
2021 sees Sezairi continuing creative reflections on life with his new music. ‘Blue’ featuring fellow Sony Music Korean artist, msftz, marks Sezairi’s first cross-cultural release. ‘Fool’ is Sezairi’s latest offering — a romantic ballad pop track Sezairi wrote about his experience with first love to reach new audiences. He collaborated with Josh Fountain, producer for viral TikTok track ‘Superlonely’ by BENEE, to produce the track. 2021 also saw Sezairi co-writing and singing this year’s National Day Song, ‘The Road Ahead’, with fellow Singaporean musicians Linying, Shye, and Shabir.
In November 2020, Sezairi returned to the music scene with the bi-lingual ambient funk number, ‘Raindrops’. This was the start of a new chapter of Sezairi’s work with a more open and introspective approach to his music and songwriting.
Sezairi released his highly anticipated EP, ‘Undertones’, in January 2020 which featured singles he had released since 2017— ‘She Moves, ‘In Secret’, ‘Mirage’ and the highly successful ‘It’s You.
In 2017, Sezairi worked tirelessly with notable writers and producers in Sweden to bring to life the evocative ballad, ‘It’s You’. The track has gained great success with over 300 million streams globally after it went viral on Tik Tok in 2021. It has since been certified 3x PLATINUM in Singapore, 3x PLATINUM in Indonesia, and 2x PLATINUM in Malaysia.
The success of ‘It’s You’ had the track featuring in multiple charts across the region. It peaked at #15 on Spotify Global Viral 50 and #2 on Spotify Indonesia Top 50 & #5 Viral 50, #17 on Spotify Malaysia Top 50 & #3 on Viral 50, #4 on Apple Music Indonesia Top 100 and #1 on Indonesia Youtube Music amongst many other notable playlists.
‘It’s You’ was also featured on Spotify’s Hot Hits playlist billboard in Indonesia and Apple Music’s ‘Best of 2018: Editors’ Picks’ Global Playlist, where it sat comfortably on the 3rd spot amongst some of music’s most recognised and memorable songs from around the world.