22-year-old R&B and Neo-Soul artist UMI was dubbed early in the music industry as someone to watch. Seattle-born and now LA-based musician named Tierra Umi Wilson gained recognition for her lyricism, lo-fi beats, and ability to capture the human experience through the healing space that is her music. Now the half-Black half-Japanese “Butterfly” songstress, whose name translates to “ocean” in Japanese, has released a special 8-track EP release, Introspection Reimagined, which was released today via Keep Cool / RCA Records.
UMI‘s original Introspection EP was released last summer, but she reimagined the project with a live music perspective thanks to musicians from including string and horn sections, at the iconic Shangri-La in California. The original Introspection EP was accompanied by a mini-movie, which addresses relationships, heartbreak, sexual identity and queerness, Blackness and immigrant family dynamics through a variety of characters across the EP.
“Welcome to Introspection Reimagined. This project comes directly from my spirit, inspired by artists who help me heal,” UMI told ESSENCE Girls United. “I wanted to release something soulful, unique, and intentionally healing. My band and I lovingly recorded live, fully reimagined versions of my latest EP, Introspection, and I hope you enjoy what we created.”
Stream Introspection Reimagined below on Spotify and it’s available on all other streaming platforms.