The newest single from Ian Isiah takes a lyric from his breakout track “N.U.T.S”, stretches it out, modulates it and turns it into a transcendent incantation. It’s an invitation as well — to make room in your life for the people that love you — repeated over as Ian’s band adds layers of crescendos, chops and flourishes. But to truly feel the power of “MSR”, you have to watch the video. Conceptualized by Ian and directed by Nick Harwood, it’s shot on a historic plantation in Colonial Williamsburg, VA. Here, Ian makes room to connect with ancestors, to pay tribute to ancestors. A cinematic declaration, fittingly released at the heart of Black History Month.
Written by: Ian Smith, Kawon Sulton
Performed by: Ian Isiah, Tanahya Elliott, Courtney Berry, Kawon Sulton, Isaiah David Johnson
Produced by: Ian Isiah, Kawon Sulton
Co-produced by: Chromeo
Engineered & Mixed by: Tom Gardner
Mastered by: Joe LaPorta
Artwork: Christian Velasquez