Ngaiire Captivated Us "Once" - and She Has Most Certainly Done it Again
Aussie-based future soul queen, Ngaire Joseph, known to us as Ngaiire, has released her sophomore album Blastoma -- and boy, does it go down smooth.
Named for the form of cancer with which she was diagnosed at the age of three, the album immediately immerses the listener in an ambiance of weightlessness.These vibes stem not only from the instrumentals itself, but flow from track to track through her lyrics like a form of meditation. While Ngaiire has created this type of therapy in light of her childhood illness, she at once offers a place in which to work through the emotional trauma the diverse experiences of life culminate within each of us.
“Once”, the first single off of the album, is a dream -- literally. In the song’s music video, Ngaiire narrates the story of a nonsensical dream of hers in which all of her aspirations and fears were distorted into one bizarre train ride. As with most of the other songs on this album, this track does not go straight into the lyrical, but allows the alternating swishes and beats of the music to build a rich space in which to imagine the world Ngaiire creates.
The singular break in the gently flowing waves of this album is “House on a Rock”. This track punctures through with a more aggressive, argumentative tonality.
Returning to the current, “I Wear Black” sounds like what swimming feels. I dare you not to close your eyes and slow-jam from the first drop. The synchronized snaps paired with Ngaiire’s buttery vocals are enough to transport any listener to musical heaven. While the song is melancholic, it too marks a shift for Ngaiire from a sort of passivity to empowerment. As she narrates her changes from outfit to outfit, she begins to let go of a past lover and finds herself.
“I wear black/ not for sorrow ‘cause I am grievin’/ not for you I’m sorry that you’re leavin’/ believe it, I wear it ‘cause it looks real good on me."
“Diggin’”, the second single released from Blastoma, has a similar flow to the previous track, but picks up the tempo for the opportunity for an all-out dance sesh.
“I Can’t Hear God Anymore” was the album’s third single and explores how utterly co-dependent we are upon one another. Possibly leaving the listener with a feeling of disenfranchisement and hopelessness, however, Ngaiire follows this up with “Fall into my Arms”. In this final track, Ngaiire creates in herself the person for whom she longed in the song preceding. Here she shows that sometimes we can’t have the person we think we need, instead we need to be that buoy for someone else to help keep them afloat. This conclusion of offering the strength she has found to be shared with whomever has not yet found it speaks to the message of this entire project.
Ngaiire is touring of Australia from June 17th until July 9th and we sincerely hope she someday soon makes her way over to the U.S! Until then, grab Blastoma on iTunes -- you're in for a real treat.