Rising R&B singer Khamari has released his debut album, A Brief Nirvana, on RCA Records.
Regarding the latter track, released as the lead single, Khamari shared, “‘Doctor, My Eyes’ is about looking for perspective. When I wrote it I had moved from Boston to LA and was trying to make sense of my life. A lot of things were shifting too fast to keep up with, but things I hoped would change stayed the same.”
He added, “I got put on to this Jackson Browne record, and the story resonated with me. That’s where I got the title. It’s about him being desperate to make any sense of his life and experiences. Then a friend played me Incubus, the song ‘Mexico.’ I knew I wanted to lay out these thoughts over a guitar that intimate. In the outro my grandfather is the voice that gives me advice because he’s always been an anchor for me.”
Speaking on A Brief Nirvana, Khamari says, “This album is a story about uncomfortable growth,” he explained. “Recording this gave me perspective and made me realize the search for clarity and nirvana is a lifelong one. Maybe I was asking for a lot in the beginning stages, but that doesn’t change the fact that peace is ultimately what we all want.”
Among the new batch tracks is the guitar-laden “Cherry Picking,” a realization to embrace all of love’s moments – not just the good ones. “It can’t just be good times / They’re only sometimes,” Khamari sings.
“These Four Walls,” another standout, hears Khamari finding solace in solitude. “These four walls keep me company / They don’t ask for much / Don’t just up and leave,” Khamari sings over acoustic strums underscored by a velvety bass.
A Brief Nirvana is the follow-up to Khamari’s debut EP, Eldorado, released in 2019. The project included popular tracks such as “The Heat” and “Jealous.”
Stream Khamari’s debut album A Brief Nirvana below.