Photo: Justin French.

The Indie Artist You Need to Listen to This Month: Fusilier

You need to listen to Fusilier.

This series features most exciting independent and alternative artists from Africa and its diaspora. Black artists are complex and multidisciplinary. Every month, we'll introduce the hottest, boldest musicians out there that you need to listen to.

"Queer art is so good because we don't have to be or do whatever's expected. It's about breaking down walls. My first exposure to queer culture was sneaking into gay bars in Midtown Atlanta talking to queer people realizing that we were all stitching together our own identities and we can be whoever we want." reveals Blake Fusilier aka Fusilier, a New York-based indie black punk R&B artist. His new song, "Upstream," has just been released.

He describes his sound like "the sound of a scythe dragging across a hardwood floor. There's anything interesting within the walls of 20th century racial constructs that we call genre. I just chase emotions and colors so that every song gives the listener a particular feeling."

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