Artist Watch: Nia Andrews

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Already lending pen and voice to an array of artists, Los Angeles native Nia Andrews begins to take steps out from the background and into the fore as she goes solo. If Andrews name rings a bell, she was featured heavily on Mark de Clive-Lowe's Renegades, and from my memory, was the vocal anchor on Blu's "My Sunshine" from a few year back.

Her Colours EP marks her official debut as a solo artist, and though I was waiting to hear some slick electro-soul like her previous supporting works, I was pleasantly surprised of this folksy symphonic soul sound that rattled through my headphones. Especially I was fond of the wild percussive pounds of "Made In America" and the striking title track that is gorgeously embellished with a nice wash of strings and sharp tempo changes that seem quite inspired by Minnie Riperton's Charles Stepney produced epic "Les Fluers". On Valentine's Day she released (and for a free download!) aptly, "The Lovers" and it too follows in a similar swirl of organic acoustics. Only sounding like past work is the hypnotic "Notes On A History" and even it has a unique Jazz twist to it that separates it from her bushel of supporting work.

From a listen to Colours, the variance of Nia Andrews really knows no bounds, and it's exciting to hear an artist who likes to take these kinds of risks when they are molding and shaping their sound. Ms. Andrews has certainly paid her dues, and to return the favor, Colours is available for a mere $4 over at her Bandcamp spot, and it is worth every cent.

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