Otito's effervescent lead track "Abidjan" was directly inspired by where he was born—and he penned the tune right before he bought his ticket to the Ivory Coast. "I didn't know what to expect at all, so I wrote about everything I wanted it to be—"It's about the return back home." First single "Better to Leave It" swings with sunny horns and an indelible hook, while the propulsive drums of "Somewhere in Brooklyn" represent Snny's desire to, in his words, "Make a sad song that people could dance to. There's a sense of freedom that comes with heartbreak, but it's wrapped up in nostalgia."
And it's that sense of looking forward while recalling your past—of pursuing your passions regardless of what the world looks like or has in store for you—that streaks Otito's melodic, emotive framework.