Benny Blanco

Jhené Aiko was in search of healing and her new project 'Trip' helped her find it

Jhené Aiko was in search of healing and her new project 'Trip' helped her find it

“Can you pull over,” Jhené Aiko asks her driver before hopping out of the black Suburban, instructing me to take her place in the backseat.

It’s a hot August afternoon and we are riding along the Pacific Coast Highway to a destination only she knows while listening to her new album, “Trip.”

Surprise-released on Friday, “Trip” is the musical component to an ambitious multimedia project that also includes a short film and a poetry book – a “map,” as the singer-songwriter calls it, of her quest toward personal peace.

“I want you to feel,” Aiko says, turning up the volume.

The waves crashing against Zuma Beach whiz by as Aiko’s gentle voice fills the car. “How...

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