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Maxwell Returns With His First Single of the Decade, ‘Lake By the Ocean’

Less than a week after his debut album, 1996’s Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite, celebrated its 20th anniversary, neo-soul icon Maxwell has released his first new single of the 2010s. The song is called “Lake By the Ocean” (not to be confused with DNCE’s “Cake By the Ocean”), and it leads the first Maxwell album in seven years, the upcoming BlackSUMMERS’night (not to be confused with 2009’s BLACKSummers’night). It’s a typically lovely, slow-and-low ballad, in which the singer offers “Can we swim a lake by the ocean? / We’ll be one like drops in slow motion.”

Listen here via the song’s new lyric video (h/t Pitchfork), and mark your calendars for BlackSUMMERS’night on July 1st.