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Shine Bright Like An ‘Amethyst’

Music

Mar 18, 2015

Tinashe is an artist who needs no introduction. The singer, actress, dancer, and multi-instrumentalist may be famous for her clubby weekend bangers like “2 On” and “Pretend” off her debut album Aquarius, but the Kentucky native first got her big break through self-released mixtapes.

With three already under her belt, the RCA Records signee has returned to her roots with this week’s release of Amethyst. The seven tracks on the tape were recorded in her bedroom in 2014 — granted, it was a bedroom studio, but still! — and features production from the likes of Ryan Hemsworth and DJ Dahi.

But despite Tinashe’s seamless genre-hopping vocals and the mixtape’s ultra-polished vibes, the project remains incredibly DIY. Case in point: She’s dropping it entirely for free. Although each track is distinctly varied, Tinashe said she recommends thinking of the music as a cohesive body of work and listening to it the entire way through — and with a mixtape this good, that definitely won’t a problem. So get started now and download Amethyst below.

Credits

  • TINASHE, SHOT BY MICHAEL SCHWARTZ

    FUN FACT
    Tinashe co-starred in the 2009 animated film The Polar Express alongside Tom Hanks.