SZA recently teamed up with experimental pop musician Jean Dawson for a new duet, “No Szns.”
Dawson co-produced “No Szns” with Austin Corona, Elliott Kozel, Jesse Schuster, Wyatt Bernard, and Zach Fogarty. The song features trumpet from yMusic co-founder CJ Camerieri.
Dawson co-wrote the song with SZA and co-directed the video for the track with Bradley J. Calder.
“I decided I don’t like fall / I decided summer doesn’t feel the same anymore / In winter, it makes me melt / Lose my shell / Mail myself overseas in the spring / And all my fears died in the summer,” Dawson sings in the song’s opening verse.
“In the spring, you can’t hear a thing all the birds and bees/Nobody thinks/In the summertime people off the brink/In California, we ain’t got no seasons, it’s all the same to me,” the duo sing in the chorus.
“I made this song like I’ve made the rest of my songs: The song poses a question then answers that question upon completion. This song allowed me to ask myself what I’m afraid of in my own physical voice and what it is I have to say to anyone that deems my music worth listening to,” Dawson told Rolling Stone.
“I then answered that question with the nature of my desire to hide from myself to speak in riddles so my perspectives aren’t challenged,” he continued. “They are incomplete or incoherent expressions to allow me to be uncomfortably straightforward while subverting its own or my own implied profundity. The song itself is simple in my mind.”
Reflecting on working with SZA, Dawson said, “Working with SZA helped me understand how one thing can be communicated multiple ways without the idea collapsing on itself with the weight of how complex the message could be. The way she communicates is profound and honest. She is the songbird of our generation and I love her to death.”
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