Son Little - Like Neptune
“The Roots and Mavis Staples collaborator balances past and future with stylish precision on uplifting fourth LP.” — MOJO, ****
“the languid “deeper” and the joyous “stoned love” are full of spiritual healing, as self-doubt is replaced by a hard-won inner radiance” — Uncut, 8/10
Like Neptune was conceived in a cabin overlooking the Delaware River in upstate New York. At the beginning of lockdown, Aaron Livingston (aka Son Little) sorted through a closet and found a few boxes that contained 72 of his old writing books. “The oldest book I got as a Christmas present when I was 9,” explains Livingston. “In it, I wrote letters to myself about what was happening in my life. One page refers to a neighbor in Queens who abused me sexually around age 5. It was the first and only time I’d ever acknowledge this fact until after my 19th birthday, when I told my mother what had happened. She begged me to go to therapy. I went under protest. My attempt wasn’t sincere. I wasn’t ready. I thought I could just power through it.” Years of anxiety, depression, panic attacks and existential dread ensued, often dulled or numbed by the effects of alcohol, drugs, or sex. Following a car crash and arrest finally led him back into therapy in 2017. Aggressively employing progressive methods like EMDR and somatic healing, Livingston, with the help of a trusted therapist, began identifying the roots of his trauma, and where it lives in the body. But the biggest breakthrough came from Internal Family Systems, a methodology that recognizes responses to trauma triggers as distinct entities or ‘parts’ within the person, and requires the patient essentially have conversations with the different traumatized personalities within them.
Like Neptune establishes Son Little as the polyglot translator and rightful torchbearer of the celebrated musical tradition known as rhythm and blues. With it, he completes the daunting tasks of confronting himself and pushing his sound to completion. The result is a timeless body of work reflective of his deep internal desire to inhabit the most radiant version of himself and become a positive force in the lives of people around him.
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