Update – September 23rd: SZA has shared the music video for “The Anonymous Ones.” Watch it below.
The track was written specifically for the coming-of-age movie by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, and Amandla Stenberg. The latter artist stars as Alana Beck and performs the song in the Dear Evan Hansen musical film, which hits theaters nationwide on September 24th. Production was handled by Rob Bisel and frequent SZA collaborator Carter Lang.
“The Anonymous Ones” features SZA pointing out that everyone has hidden insecurities and fears no matter how well they seem put together. “All those anonymous ones/ Never name the quiet pain they bury,” the TDE signee sings. “Keep on keeping secrets that they think they have to hide/ What if everybody’s secret is they have that secret side?”
While a soundtrack cut isn’t exactly what fans have been hoping for, perhaps it can tide them over until SZA finally drops “Shirt,” the single she has been teasing since at least March. Last month, she shared a three-pack of new tracks she dubbed “random thoughts” titled “Joni,” “I Hate You,” and “Nightbird.”
We’re still awaiting word on SZA’s follow-up to her 2017 breakout, Ctrl. Singles that could appear on the currently untitled project include the Ty Dolla $ign-assisted “Different,” “Good Days.” and the aforementioned “Shirt.” Sporadic singles aside, SZA has recently hopped on songs by Doja Cat (“Kiss Me More”), labelmate Isaiah Rashad (“Score”), and James Blake (“Coming Back”).