Tems Comes Through With Sophomore EP
After hitting the Billboard Hot 100 with three singles this year, singer and songwriter, Temilade Openiyi, professionally known as Tems, has come through with her sophomore Extended Play (EP) entitled If Orange Was A Place. It is a follow-up to her 2020 debut EP, For Broken Ears.
The 26-year-old songstress announced the release of the project on Wednesday.
Produced by the Ghanaian GuiltyBeatz, the five-track project includes singles like Crazy Tings, Found, Replay, Avoid Things and Vibe Out. The project features Brent Faiyaz.
In the project, which is dedicated to her closest fans, the Headies-nominated Tems dwells on topics of love, heartbreak and happiness, whilst singing about seduction and hope.
Tems’ last few months attracted huge attention to her effort on Essence, a hit single off Made In Lagos, which is Wizkid’s fourth album that has now gained international acceptance.
From being a local R&B favourite, the Try Me crooner has advanced to become an international sensation, appearing on tracks with American superstars like DJ Khalid and Justin Bieber, as well as featuring in Fountains, the 16th track off Drake’s Certified Lover Boy. It is the biggest album debut of all times on streaming platforms, which was released on Friday September 3.
The singer had two days ago teased with the single Crazy Tings. The choice of the warm colour in the record’s title resonates with the ambiance of the project, in line with the artistic direction of For Broken Ears.
Her mellow Afrobeat and neo-soul cocktail blend perfectly with Tems’ vocals, which express nostalgia and desire in a unique way, compared to the Afropop standards.