Maxwell has shared a new single called "Shame" with an announcement of his upcoming album Night. Fans of the neo-soul pioneer will not be surprised by the album title, which closes the singer's BLACKSUMMERSNIGHT trilogy, following 2016's blackSUMMERS’night. The single comes just after Maxwell kicked off his 50 Intimate Nights Live tour which began on September 27th. The R&B icon shared a message along with the single, which can be read below.
"Shame” is a modern love song. Not just romantic love, but love for self and others. Social media has created an alternate world where people watch everything you do, including your failures. They even often feel a sense of joy in your pain. This creates a barrier to real intimacy because we’re preoccupied with appearances; with measuring up to what society thinks we should be, how we should look, what we should have and what we should aspire to. The song is about removing that mask of expectation and letting go of the shame of being real and vulnerable. The shadow of shame can only be broken when we unveil ourselves, and recognize that we that we are all human—flawed yet perfect, broken yet stronger with each obstacle.
NIGHT does not currently have a specific release date, but is expected to arrive in 2019 through Columbia records.
Maybe one day we'll be more than we were way back when
Maybe then they'll listen
Maybe then the world would understand
If you follow me, see mysteries up in the stars
Like a rocket ship, your clothes I wanna take, take, take off