It feels like astrological signs have been going in and out of style within the context of romantic relationships since the ’60s Age of Aquarius, prominently returning in the ’90s only to wane in the 2000s and, as of late, return to prominence once again. With that recent popularity of Zodiac figures in mind, it makes sense that Texas-based artist Wes Denzel pays homage to late-’90s R&B hitmaker Tyrese Gibson on his new single leaning into that genre’s smooth textures titled “Zodiac Killer”—a track explicitly inspired by Tyrese’s 2002 single “Signs of Love Making.”
“I know a lot of people are always using zodiac signs to see if they are compatible with someone or to find ‘love,’” Denzel shares of the new track, “so I just wanted to play on that theme. I'm kind of questioning the whole thought process of this throughout the verse, but during the hook I’m really playing into it.”
Whether it’s an earnest evaluation of astrological signs’ ties to his partners or not, the hook sheds light on the sense of disorientation that comes from trying to keep one’s dating history straight—Denzel’s soulful vocals adding both a sexual layer to the lyrics as well as one of genuine struggle.
Preview the track below before it officially drops this Friday.