Bobby Uzöma's Emotive Fragility Will Haunt Your Soul
Perhaps there is a particular kind of emotional insight that one earns through the dislocation and reinvention that come with a peripatetic upbringing. Through having to navigate the leaving of the known and familiar for the uncertainty and insecurity of the new, along with the necessity of reforging one's identity and reconciling yearnings for the past with hopes for the future, perhaps one learns to intimately and viscerally access and inhabit deeply felt currents of alienation, loneliness and vulnerability. Upon listening to singer/writer/producer Bobby Uzöma, it would seem so: conjuring moods of melancholy and rumination with hazy tides of spare, swirling electro-pop production, the Nigeria-to-Ireland-to-Canada transplant offers a moving glimpse into his travails through enigmatic lyricism and the ethereal, haunting beauty of his poignantly soulful voice.
Hushed and tremulous, confessional and heartfelt, Uzöma's falsetto-hued voice acts as a remarkable conduit for the most fragile and personal of his insecurities, fears and vulnerabilities as he mines the intricate seams of pained, heart-weary emotion that populate the depths of his soul. Recently adding new track 'Holy Grails' to his previous tracks, 'Sleeve' and 'Idioglossia', Uzöma again proves the arresting poignance, haunting beauty and melancholic sensitivity of his artfully observed talent.