Diggin’ This: Rahill – “I Smile for E” (Big Dada)


A horn-led and piano-driven shuffling sundowner from the Iranian-American artist and NTS Radio DJ.


Image via rahill.bandcamp.com



Originally from Lansing, Michigan and now based in upstate New York’s Hudson Valley, Rahill‘s latest single nods to “Walk On the Wild Side” while being laden with emotion.



Says Rahill, ‘I Smile for E’ is about losing and grieving but also celebrating and honoring the ones we’ve loved and are connected to. My aunt Elaheh (“E”) was the rock of my father’s family and her absence has been really heartbreaking to process, but the love shared for her and the connection I still feel to her outshine the devastation of a loss from the physical realm. I still carry her with me, ‘I Smile for E’ is a reminder to anyone who is walking with that pain and grief.”



Rahill – “I Smile for E”







“I Smile for E” is taken from Rahill‘s new album, Flowers At Your Feet (whose sole collaborative track features Beck, no less!), out May 12 via Ninja Tune imprint, Big Dada.





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