The Sudanese-born artist delivers a captivating debut video.
Dua Saleh is a rising Sudanese-born, Minnesota-based artist that's caught our ear.
Saleh only started recording music two years ago but already presents a full-fledged, haunting sound in their debut 5-track EP, Nür (which translates to "light" in Arabic). The release sees the multidisciplinary singer, poet and activist tackling an array of dark soundscapes guided by their captivating and fluid vocal delivery.
According to Pitchfork, "Saleh was born in Kassala, on the Eastern edge of Sudan, but moved to the Upper Midwest after a brief stop at a refugee camp in Eritrea." Since then, the artist has been honing their craft in the Twin Cities.
"Warn Pants," the standout off Nür, sees Saleh connecting with producers Psymum (who's got credits with Young Thug and Future) and SinGrinch for an entrancing track built on a stuttering bass line. The single now serves as Dua Saleh's debut music video, which follows the artist through an icy field.
"Warm Pants is a story about searching for warmth after being cast into the frigid terrain of heartbreak," Saleh tells The Fader. "In the video, I shift between running across a frozen lake and moving through a sundial, fashioned from tall pillars of ice. The frozen lake signifies the expansive reach of this love story. The pillars represent a state of limbo. I feel trapped in time repeating the same cycles and collapsing into a state of agony."
Watch the new Braden Lee-directed music video below and listen to Nür below.
Dua Saleh - Warm Pants (Official Video) youtu.be