Chicago’s Growing Concerns Poetry Collective are pleased to share new single, “Come To Me Open,” from their new album, BIG DARK BRIGHT FUTURES (out this Friday), alongside its accompanying video. Following lead single, “Shout Across Mountains,” “Come to Me Open” sees band members Mykele Deville, McKenzie Chinn, and Jeffrey Michael Austin each presiding over one of the song’s three “movements” in a sensual exploration of modern love shaped by diaspora. The video was directed by the Chicago filmmaking collective New Trash and shot by Jana McLain.
“The struggle for liberation is all encompassing. We not only fight for the freedom to live, we fight to liberate ourselves from toxicity and hardened hearts,” says Deville. “‘Come To Me Open’ declares consent, intimacy, and communication as necessary tools in the revolution to come. It’s a cosmic representation of spirits ascending and merging through the chaos and noise of our time.”
Growing Concerns comprises rapper, poet, curator, and actor Mykele Deville, poet, actor, filmmaker, and educator McKenzie Chinn, and interdisciplinary artist, musician and educator Jeffrey Michael Austin. Following their 2017 debut WE HERE: Thank You for Noticing, BIG DARK BRIGHT FUTURES is rooted deeply in the contemporary Black American experience. Written and composed between 2017 and 2019, the album invites listeners on an emotional, expansive, no-holds-barred journey through both the shadowed valleys and hopeful peaks of our current moment. Influenced by Afrofuturism and the recent experimental work of artists like Solange and Frank Ocean, BIG DARK BRIGHT FUTURES finds the common place between the personal and political as it explores the depth of social chaos while conjuring visions of collective transcendence.
True to their form, Growing Concerns leans into their signature marriage of music, soundscape, hip-hop, and poetry in a new album that harnesses anguish, celebration, protest, love, and radical vision to light a torch as we traverse a sea of darkness, not alone, but together.