The song, which was co-written and co-produced by electronic artist Mura Masa, is set to appear on the British singer-songwriter’s forthcoming album Saturn which is slated to release on October 26th.
“It’s not just about heartbreak, it’s a sense of rebirth,” Nao said in a statement. “It’s soul-searching.'”
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On naming her album, Nao alludes to the term “Saturn returns,” saying, “It’s this idea that Saturn takes 29 years to orbit from when you’re born and it is the planet of blessings and growth. So by the time you’re around 29, between 27 and 32, something big happens in your life. It’s like waking up and coming of age, like: ‘I’ve been going through my twenties and what have I been doing in this relationship?’ What have I been doing in this job?’ You start to rethink everything – old stuff that your parents taught you or ideas that you believed in. It’s like a complete shedding of skin and it can be painful.”
In September, Nao announced her world tour. Starting off in Japan, then North America and Europe, with a concluding with show at London’s Brixton Academy on March 28th.
Check out Nao’s full set of tour dates here, and stream “If You Ever” below.
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