It Is 'So Easy' To Fall For /N/'s Intriguing Neo-Soul Groove
It is always a pleasure to unexpectedly stumble across a new artist who instantly intrigues with the obvious quality of their expressive instincts and natural vocal talent. We were therefore swiftly impressed by the thoughtfully poised eclecticism and smoothly articulated sophistication of Danish singer Nina Kjeldgaard's neo-soul project, /N/. Drawing on soul, r'n'b, electronic, jazz and pop influences, Kjeldgaard has centered the project around the richly alluring tone of her maturely self-possessed voice: a superbly measured and sensually tempered instrument that is perfectly suited for delivering her musingly introspective emotional sensibility, her voice positively sizzles with a seductively intelligent poise.
Singing of the nascent yearnings and emotional complications that come with matters of the heart over glitchy shimmers, mellow hues and brooding guitar, Kjeldgaard's /N/ - which includes musicians Christine Schoch Laursen, (keys/ vocal); Lærke Ølshøj, (keys, vocal, percussion); Julian Bethencourt, bass; Jens Jeppe Hyllested, (drums); and Thomas Damsgaard, (guitar) for live performances - makes for a neo-soul/electro-pop discovery that proves to be intriguingly engaging in its mellow introspection and soulful sensuality.