PinkPantheress Ascends to New Heights in 'Heaven knows'
Photo: Aidan Zimiri
Lovesick and hopelessly hopeful, PinkPantheress bares all with flawless execution on her debut album, Heaven knows.
You have your whole life to release your debut project, and PinkPantheress took her time for good reason. Nothing about Heaven knows is rushed, noticed in the intricacy of its production and mastery of her storytelling. While most of the album’s tracks sit under three minutes, she’s offering more than her usual quick burns. There’s a clear evolution in her artistry, an up-leveling that could have only come with time and feedback: we’ve begged for more, and she’s got enough stories to tell to oblige.
The project opens with the Rema-supported “Another life,” setting the tone for the journey of the album. Both artists have had a monumental year professionally, and their collaboration is a celebratory offering to their respective Kenyan and Nigerian roots. Bedroom pop meeting UK garage, the track integrates '80s-esque elements while singing to a love that will hopefully see itself through in another timeline. PinkPantheress’ devotion to everlasting romance is a theme threaded through the work, though she always manages to come home to herself.
Stepping into her superstar era, there’s been a noticeable shift in the accessibility she’s given the world permission to have. With a sudden uptick in interviews and photoshoots, promoting this album has also marked a crucial shift in PinkPantheress’ career. Though she could never eclipse her magnetism, she once gatekept her essence, and it’s clear she’s ready to be seen.
Fellow UK native Central Cee’s verse on “Nice to meet you” is a project standout, with a sonic chemistry that renders palpable. Onboarding Kelela and Ice Spice as well, PinkPanthress made it a point to remain light on the features, spotlighting the uniqueness of her dazzle while still celebrating the artists she now calls colleagues.
Heaven knows is a testament to femininity. The softest of its edges, the strength in its unconditional forgiveness. PinkPantheress lets her love be loud and spilled all over because closing off any bits of her would be inauthentic. As strong as debut projects come, PinkPantheress has cemented her slot in the pop trinity.
Listen to Heaven knows below: