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Derek Simpson surrenders to nature with “Naked Forever”

While many of us have been caught in a vicious loop of procrastination, Derek Simpson has been steadily churning out new material. Earlier this year, Simpson released their hypnotic slow jam “Hide + Seek”, a free album and short film “bad_connection,” and minimalist nu-disco gem “Sofia.” Today, Simpson returns with “Naked Forever”, a bubbly reflection on surrendering to one’s own nature.

"Naked Forever" is an effortless listen. Simpson’s voice dances delicately along with laid-back guitar and a leisurely rhythm section. An inquisitive synth motif enters midway, offering a welcomed new texture. The track is the latest in a series of tranquil and meditative grooves from Simpson, lulling the listener into a dreamlike ecstasy

To further contextualize, Simpson shared the following:

Nature taking its course is truly a wild thing to behold. Surrendering to your own nature is an even more surreal experience. There is undoubtedly a playful air to it all though and this track is drenched in it, serving as a bubbly reflection of all this beautiful strangeness.

“Naked Forever” is out October 7, 2020 on Trailing Twelve.

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Derek Simpson is an American recording artist, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. After gaining success with multiple free album releases on Soundcloud (under the pseudonym Planetarian) from 2013 to 2016, Derek moved from Boston to Long Beach to continue recording his own music and surround himself with other up-and-coming artists in need of songwriting help and production. Layering spacey guitar chords and electric piano lines with dense and introspective wordplay, Derek's music often explores the value of holding a positive perspective in the face of confusion or adversity. His respect for focus and hard work shows in his recordings, all of which are fully written, produced, composed, and mixed by himself.

Derek has produced music for Kevin Abstract, Dom McLennon, Rockie Fresh and more. His music has also been featured in Comedy Central's Workaholics.