In 2009, Maxwell blessed our ears with BLACKsummers'night, the first installment of a three-album trilogy. Now, seven years later, the neo-soul singer is gearing up to finally release the sequel.
Maxwell couldn't hold his excitement for the project, telling Essence, "I'm so hyped about the new album coming out." He explained that the album is "fresh" and "different" but "it doesn't make you feel like, oh, yeah, that's going to come out in 1996."
As for why he's deciding to release the album this year:
"I'm at the point with the album where it's just like ... With the passing of my cousin, and my grandmother passing away ... Me turning 40, and being 42 now, and having a whole sort of new milestone in my life, where a lot of my mind is grown up, and I'm thinking in terms of the next 10 years, and what I'm going to try to do for the next 10 years, which is something I never really ... I mean, I did it, but I'm not doing it as much as I do now. I'm just hyped. We have two and a half years of just consistent, around the world, going everywhere, traveling, doing shows…It's funny, because I remember reading Marvin Gaye's biography when I was, like, 17 years old, Divided Soul. He always said something that really stuck with me. He said, 'You can rush to fail, or you can take your time to succeed.' I'm happy that I haven't exhausted people's visions to the point where they'll never want to listen to me."
He did not unveil the album's title, but it's first single is entitled "Lake by the Ocean." You can read his interview in its entirety here.