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Watch Now: KOTA The Friend - Backyard

With FOTO dropping exactly 2 weeks from today, KOTA The Friend lets loose another taste of what’s to come when the project finds life on May 15th. If “Birdie” captured those springtime vibes, then the self-produced “Backyard” is all the way summertime as the New York-based artist cooks up a little ode to home, friends and good energy.

The new single is enveloped in high spirits, with KOTA feeling the love as he flows through his prose, delivering the smooth bars with the most back-on-my-bullshit and back-with-my-people type of energy. Finding its depth through the simplicity of the content, “Backyard” is a fun, low-key but highly celebratory joint. Highlighted by his cool demeanor, the record sounds like it’s rising from the vibes of a backyard BBQ, as the drinks and smoke begins to mingle and everyone is feeling loose, guards down and basking in the warmth of each other’s presence. In the full version of “Backyard,” KOTA showcases his ability to take listeners on a journey through sound, detailing the progression from kicking it in the backyard to linking with someone new in hopes of moving on to an after-party for two. It’s keen storytelling coupled with the vibey bop of the instrumentation, leaving the listener feeling as if they were there with KOTA, watching the events unfold.

Alongside “Backyard,” KOTA comes through with a quick visual experience that syncs up with the energy of the track itself. The flick begins with KOTA vibing by himself, visibly loving life, as his friends begin to join him. It’s all smiles, laughs and positive energy while the ever-growing posse appear to be posing for a group photo.

The full version of “Backyard” is available now on all major streaming platforms, including Apple Music and Spotify.

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