Today, Yannick Ilunga has returned with a new song from his project Petite Noir called "Simple Things," which was produced by Tropics and features trumpet by Floridian jazz musician Theo Croker. Following his 2015 album La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful, the new single continues the beginning of a new chapter for the Noirwave artist initiated with the track "Numbers" released last month.
There's an uneasy confidence that flutters through "Simple Things." The sauntering track is built on Ilunga's dynamic vocals, perky percussion, bright bursts of trumpet, and gluey synths. Ilunga cuts to the pinnacle of pain, as if watching a war and suddenly realizing its most sinister implications. "It’s such a simple thing / They don’t want us to be equal," he sings with clarity. "I see the chaos it brings / I see the way of the people.”
“'Numbers' is about cycles, and getting to the point where a relationship starts to feel like a war," Ilunga said. "We are left to fight for ourselves, but at the same time, we feel guided because the dark times are needed for us to grow.”
Listen to "Simple Things" below.