When Tems isn’t making tracks by faves like Beyoncé and Drake sound sweeter, she’s taking time to thrill us with her own original material. She’s blessed us once this year with “Me & U,” a track celebrating her faith and herself. Now she’s back to give us her second solo single of the year, “Not An Angel.”
Tems teams up with Sarz once again for the track, this time merging her Afrobeats stylings with alt-R&B sounds. The result is a cut that juxtaposes hard-hitting drums with soft, lilting guitar for a unique sound. It also speaks to the song’s subject matter, as the singer aims to deliver a hard truth in a soft yet matter-of-fact way.
She’s come to the conclusion that she can no longer deal with a love affair in which she’s pouring into her guy but he’s not reciprocating her actions. “’Cause I'm not an angel / I’m just a girl that knows the truth / And I couldn’t save you / You couldn’t see what I’ve been through,” she sings on the chorus. “I’ll cut my losses in peace / I don’t need nothin’ else from you / ’Cause I’m not angel /
I know I did all I could do.”
Tems taps into the strength of those words in the song’s visualizer. We see her standing alone in her power and looking downright gorgeous throughout the black-and-white clip. Her self-assured posture makes for a beguiling watch as she poses it up in various looks while giving the camera defiant glances. She ends things wearing a form-fitting body suit as she sits confidently on a motorcycle while singing the song’s final lines and readies to ride away from the situation.
She may not be an angel, but Tems is undoubtedly an international star. Listen to her latest right here and then stick around to watch the visualizer for “Not An Angel” below.