It’s been a little over a month since UK neo-soul songwriter Yazmin Lacey released her debut album Voice Notes, a collection of songs which, true to the album title, came together around raw thoughts and ideas saved to her phone as vocal recordings. While the final results of these songs impressively dressed up these basic building blocks, the lyrics’ intimacies, introspections, and insecurities still shine through in Lacey’s powerful songwriting.
As we’ve had plenty of time to digest Voice Notes and ascribe our own meanings to its songs, today Lacey is sharing a new short film created with filmmaker Kevin Morosky which weaves together a storyline using album cuts “Bad Company,” “Late Night People,” and “From a Lover” (as well as original voice recordings from Lacey) as a backdrop. Together these songs spin a delicate tale of one night’s highs and lows—from preparing for a party, to meeting someone special at that party, to the letdown that comes with realizing that things won’t work out the way you thought they might.
“I wanted to work with Kevin for a long time,” Lacey shares of her collaborator. “He has a way of showing vulnerability, nuance, and sensitivity in things, and I knew it would work for these songs. We talked a lot, some of which ended up in the film. It was a lovely experience to bring the stories of these songs to life.”
You can watch the short film below, and stream Voice Notes here.