Every now and then, a new singer/songwriter emerges, creating a song so sexy and so unapologetically queer that we have to take listen. On the heels of Hayley Kiyoko's "Curious", we are again blessed with a Girl-on-Girl anthem, and this one takes the crown for 2018's Song of the Summer.
What exactly does it take to be crowned song of the summer, you ask? The song has to go down easy like a glass of rosé, making you want to roll the windows down or throw your legs in the air or both. With "Flowerbomb", Liggins shows a cool confidence, singing about stealing your wife and doing it again in the morning.
"I wanted to write a song that encapsulated the high feelings of sex with someone untouchable because girls like to have sex, too, and sometimes it’s just a beautiful mess."
Liggins is a member of Detroit's Assemble Sound—a studio and artistic hub for musicians—where she writes alongside other pop musicians like Flint Eastwood, Sam Austins, Tunde Olaniran, and Nydge.
WUSSY spoke to her about the debut single and what lies ahead.
What inspired "Flowerbomb"?
I'm very inspired by real life happenings. I tend to leave little gems in my songs for the person who inspired me to write it. In this one specifically, I named the song after the fragrance she was wearing. Early 2000s pop and R&B have a ton of influence on my taste in and style of music –Usher Raymond, Destiny's Child, *NSYNC, Missy Elliott.
Tell us about Queer Detroit scene?
Yesss! Queer Detroit is budding! The city is going through such a massive resurgence right now and like most marginalized communities, queer spaces have to fight for visibility amongst the masses, but there are people on the ground doing work and making sure our voices are heard. Detroit is such a unique cultural hub with its art and music –in my opinion– being responsible for the comeback. Hopefully, music like the kind my friends and I are making will have something to do with an uprising of the ever-so-gay agenda in my favorite city.
Talk about Assemble Sound and what it's like working in this type of collaborative artistic environment?
Without a doubt, Assemble is the best thing to happen to Detroit's music scene since Motown. We all work so hard and feed off each other's creativity and efforts to be better, and are honestly like family. There have been days where I had no session booked, but I would drive to the church because I knew there'd be at least one artist, producer, or songwriter who would see me chillin' in the chapel and be like "Si Si, what do you think of this?" That's basically how I've tricked everyone there into working with me.
What can we expect from you next?
Definitely stay hip for new music and visuals that will follow Flowerbomb. You can also catch me performing this song and a few others live in Atlanta on July 31 at Union Eav.
Flowerbomb is now available on all the major streaming platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal.