Bursting onto the scene with her 2013 album, Lamentations, Australian-via-New Zealand-via Papua New Guinea artist NGAIIRE has lived many lives in her 20 somethings years. She’s already played at Glastonbury and has supported the likes of Alicia Keys and John Legend. Now, she returns once again with bigger, better and smoother than ever with her new track ‘Once’.
Taken from her forthcoming second album, Blastoma, it doesn’t take long to fall in love with everything about NGAIIRE. From her impeccable soulful vocals, her intimate yet optimistic lyrics or the way her dynamic voice perfectly suits the chilled R&B grooves laid down by producers Paul Mac – yeah, seriously – and Jack Grace, it’s not hard to see why there is a big buzz around her.
Co-written by Mac and Megan Washington, the hypnotic track is like an upbeat dream – hazy, blushing and rich in textures. The track moves slowly, never fully breaking even when NGAIIRE‘s voice soars high above the bed of warm synths and light beats. Slowly gathering momentum, the dynamic capability of NGAIIRE even when the track remains so laid back is what really gets your attention.
Definitely one to keep an eye on, NGAIIRE‘s second album Blastoma drops later this year.
Words by Emma Jones.