Sampha, the producer and singer who’s appeared on some of the best albums of 2016 (see Kanye West’s Saint Pablo and Solange’s Don’t Touch My Hair), has released the latest track from his upcoming debut Process. Unlike the album’s first two singles, his latest “(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano” has him singing with little more than an old piano and is a soul-baring song that’s oddly reminiscent of Justin Vernon’s cover of “I Can’t Make You Love Me”.
Dedicated to his mother, Binty Sisay, who had been battling cancer, the track is also an ode to the music that consoled him and awoke something almost sacred – “somethin’ some people call a soul” — within him. Elegant in its spareness, “Like the Piano” has all the humility and grace of a hymn: an aching meditation on the loneliness of childhood, a revisitation of music’s healing power, a tribute to the amazing grace of a mother’s love. Listen below.