Today, Filipino-American singer Yeek releases his new album Valencia. The album is his first proper release following his 2019 EP IDK WHERE, which Highsnobiety said “manages to effortlessly showcase his unique sound,” and is his most sonically lush and polished work to date. The record features mixing from Jeff Ellis, who has previously worked with Frank Ocean, Snoh Aalegra, and Omar Apollo, and focuses on themes of relationship woes and keeping family close.
Valencia is also accompanied by a short film Yeek made for the project that premiered at a drive-in screening in Santa Monica yesterday. Selling out in just minutes, h.a.w.a.i.i. tells the story of a young boy (played by Yeek’s cousin) whose routine is controlled entirely by the sophisticated technology built into the house. What he wears, what he eats—every detail is accounted for and he isn’t given a choice. Until he decides to push back and forge his own path. Scored by Bas, it’s a reflection of Yeek’s own relationship to life expectations and striking the right balance between independence and collaboration.
His most emotionally lush and polished material to date, Valencia is a deep, ambitious body of work that, along with its short film, invites serious engagement to explore and unpack. It cements Yeek as a generational talent with something to say, a leader who isn’t afraid of his vulnerabilities.