Written by Samia Durrani
Jhene Aiko returns with her incredibly honest album Trip.
Aiko, 29, is an American singer songwriter hailing from Los Angeles. Her major works were released in March 2011 with her first full length project, a mixtape titled Sailing Souls. This was further extended in 2013 with her EP titled Sail Out which was supported by her most known singles, Bed Peace and The Worst. She also collaborated with now boyfriend, Big Sean on the TWENTY88 project.
After a long wait, Aiko has finally released her new 22-track project album Trip. In her previous album, Aiko briefly talks about the loss of her brother in Promises, but mainly focuses on her different perspectives on romantic love. However, in her new album, Aiko exposes more of her inner self, delving into the rollercoaster of emotions she has felt.
Lyrically her album is written chronologically telling a story of Penny, a name she was called when she was younger, falling at the hands of love. Aiko takes her audience on an intimate journey of love, naivety, innocence, (While We’re Young), grief, hurt (Never Call Me) and finding inner peace (New Balance). Collaborating with artists like Big Sean, TWENTY88, Swae lee, Karupt, Dr Chill and Brandy really give her album a mainstream shape, paving the way for radio. But Aiko still manages to retain her alternative R&B vibe.
Aiko teased her audiences a 23-minute visual clip days before the album was released, but is set to release more. Watch the trailer to the short film below.
In the meantime, check out the album on Spotify here: