“13th Century Metal” boasts a restless mix of skittering drums and skipping synths, creating an urgent rhythm that complements Howard’s spoken word lyrics. “Every day I am alive I am given opportunity to become that which I admire most of others,” she says with growing passion. “I am nonviolent/I am a master student and my spirit will never be stomped out.”
Along with sharing the studio version of “13th Century Metal,” Howard also unveiled a live performance video, directed by Danny Clinch, that finds her and her band expanding the song with new sonic textures and dimensions.
Howard recorded Jaime with engineer Shawn Everett and a core studio team that included Alabama Shakes bassist Zac Cockrell, keyboardist Robert Glasper and drummer Nate Smith. The LP follows Alabama Shakes’ 2015 album, Sound and Color, and the self-titled debut of her side project Thunderbitch from the same year.
Howard named Jaime after her sister, who died at 13 from a form of eye cancer. “She taught me how to write a song, taught me how to draw, taught me about art,” she told Rolling Stone. “I’ve always been connected to her spirit. This [album] was kind of my way of doing something together.”
The vocalist, who is booked for The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on September 26th, will promote Jaime on a headlining North American tour. The fall trek launches September 18th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and runs through October 13th at the AFROPUNK Festival, followed by a newly announced run that kicks off November 14th in Denver, Colorado and wraps on the 23rd in Oakland, California.