DEACON by serpentwithfeet on Secretly Canadian Records

serpentwithfeet - DEACON


  • £22.99

serpentwithfeet is an avant-garde vocalist and performance artist, and his new album, DEACON, is a study of Black, gay love and the tenderness present in the best companionships, romantic or otherwise; not only imagining but exploring a world wherein Black love is paramount. 

Following the critically-acclaimed 2018 debut, soil, and recent collaborations with the likes of Ty Dolla $ign, Ellie Goulding, Bjork and Virgil Abloh, DEACON highlights serpentwithfeet's growth as a songwriter, which he credits to taking a more straightforward approach to expression. Spending time with pop songwriters and observing how they traverse language encouraged him to take more risks lyrically, resulting in more purity. 

Raised by religious parents in Baltimore, serpentwithfeet’s flair for theatrical themes and gospel sensibilities can be traced to the Black church, a place where the artist had his earliest experiences with glamour and the ornate. Well-executed vocal flourishes and the implementation of a quickening vibrato are just a few of the skills he picked up during his time in a Pentecostal choir. He proudly follows in the tradition of R'n'B artists whose gifts were helmed in the church, and he approached DEACON with an undeniable passion and reverence for gospel music. 

In his love for love, serpentwithfeet is offering a look into the soul of a man who articulates his passion in a warmer, gentler way. He’s become wholly confident in his gift and messaging on DEACON, which is to be expected when one gives vent to maturity. Through his music, he allows compassion to be the backbone of his art, as he communes with his most loving self. 


  1. Hyacinth 
  2. Same Size Shoe 
  3. Malik 
  4. Amir 
  5. Dawn 
  6. Sailors’ Superstition 
  7. Heart Storm [with NAO] 
  8. Wood Boy 
  9. Derrick’s Beard 
  10. Old & Fine 
  11. Fellowship 


  • LP available on opaque brown or black vinyl 
  • LP housed in gatefold sleeve 
  • CD housed in six-panel double-gatefold card sleeve with 8mm spine 




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