Song of the Day: Rahill – I Smile for E

Iranian-American singer-songwriter Rahill announces a deeply personal solo project ‘Flowers At Your Feet’ on Ninja Tune imprint Big Dada, her new label home in which she sits comfortably alongside labelmates Yaya Bey and LYZZA.

The album – which across its 14 tracks features collaborations with Beck and Jasper Marsalis (Slauson Malone) – follows Rahill’s nostalgic 2022 covers EP ‘Sun Songs’ and sees her moving along a journey of self-acceptance and self-love; reflecting on childhood and family while honouring the people and moments that defined her. The project draws on elements of trip-hop, jazz and alt-rock music, all underpinned by Rahill’s reverent and thoughtful lyricism. Recorded in phases during the lockdown, the album was created in close collaboration between Rahill and producer Alex Epton (FKA Twigs, Arca) who immediately identified the strength and potential of Rahill’s pre-existing solo compositions, some of which she’d written years earlier.

With the announcement, Rahill offers a glimpse into the world of ‘Flowers At Your Feet’ with a new single “I Smile for E”, accompanied with a visualiser (created by Minh Pham with additional animations from Ananya Malagi) which Rahill states is ‘a visual love letter to my family’. The track is an ode to family and memory featuring recordings from her late aunt. Speaking on the new single Rahill says, “‘I Smile for E’ is about losing and grieving but also celebrating and honouring the ones we’ve loved and are connected to. My aunt Elaheh (“E”) was the rock of my father’s family and her absence has been really heartbreaking to process, but the love shared for her and the connection I still feel to her outshine the devastation of a loss from the physical realm. I still carry her with me, ‘I Smile for E’ is a reminder to anyone who is walking with that pain and grief.” Enjoy the tune!