‘lately i been’ is a vibey, introspective reflection for mental health challenges and feeling directionless in life.
Houston-based pop artist tonnhi is expanding his musical landscape with his upcoming lofi R&B single, “lately i been,” out January 14. Paired with the sparkling vocals of indie (R&B) artist Jolise, the single describes the hardships and circumstances that prevent one from moving forward. The two singers touch on feelings of isolation and struggles with mental health. “Songs like this are important, especially as society works to create an open space to discuss mental health issues,” says Jolise.
Working together came naturally for the two during quarantine, says tonnhi. “Funny enough, I had a vocal melody idea already made for the second verse for Jolise to write lyrics over, but she completely made her own thing, and I’m so glad she did, because she brought this song to a whole new level. She killed it!” Reminiscent of pop artists like H.E.R. and Joji, “lately i been” casually dives into the raw, honest message of owning your struggles. Fans of all ages can relate to this single as society combats the trials presented by the pandemic alongside the growing pains of simply being human. The introspective track features lo-fi soundscapes paired with a strong R&B/pop core, which is the perfect delivery for such an engaging message.