Vagabon—aka Lætitia Tamko—has returned with “Flood Hands,” the first single off her sophomore album, All the Women in Me.
Tamko offers an earnest approach to a love song without compromising her pop sensibilities. “I know even if run from it, I’m still in it, I know I’ll hold you so close,” she cries in the choruses, her voice cushioned by the disarmingly simple instrumentation, which is awash with reverb and warm tones.
As it turns out, the Cameroon-born, New York based multi-instrumentalist had written this song for someone else. “‘Flood Hands’ is a track I originally produced and arranged for a well-known pop duo to have on their album,” Tamko explained in a statement.
“Knowing I was writing this song for musicians I admire, allowed me this relief from my writer’s block… The result felt like a triumph for me in my progression as an artist and I just couldn’t stand to part with the song by the time I was finished,” she said.
All the Women in Me will be released September 27 via Nonesuch. Listen to “Flood Hands” here: