Aza Nabuko - Aza Nabuko EP
(JumpAttack Records / 1 July 2019)
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Sixteen year old Aza Nabukomulti is a instrumentalist, singer and songwriter out of Revelstoke, British Columbia. She recently earning a spot in the top 100 in CBC Searchlight for 2019, and it's easy to see why with the release of her self-titled EP.
The EP is a showcase of her fluid vocals and inventive songwriting abilities. From Strangers -
Since there are only remains here,
It looks like we are strangers
Her lyrics specialize in romance with a realistic bent, including the self aware Ordinary.
Sometimes I'd hard to deal with
But I'm worth the trouble baby
Fade Away is a sad ballad in remembrance of a romance that's long over, where Aza's expressive voice plays nicely against a spare piano backing. She ranges from soft and mournful to full blown lament that rises to a crescendo of hurt and regret. It's a highlight of the release.
Heart of Concrete uses a moody cello to reinforce lyrics about loneliness and hurt, while the melody has a kind of gypsy echo and a rising sense of melodrama.
I am broken
I am frozen
I can't carry it
It doesn't fit
It weighs too much
This heart of concrete
She's impressive as a singer, ranging from a sweet high end to a throaty lower range. Aza has a nicely distinctive sense of phrasing that gives the modern pop compositions a fresh sound. It will be interesting to see what will come down the pipe from her.
3. Fade Away
4. Heart of Concrete
5. Space Between
6. When We Fell in Love
Aza Nabuko Vocals, Guitar and Piano
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