Smooth vibes only.
“My friends kept telling me about the term ‘Saturn Returns’. It’s this idea that Saturn takes 29 years to orbit from when you’re born and it is the planet of blessings and growth. You start to rethink everything—old stuff that your parents taught you or ideas that you believed in. It’s like a complete shedding of skin and it can be painful.”
On those songs, NAO’s high-pitched falsetto roams around electro-tinged beats that strip away some of the funk from her debut in exchange for a cleaner, more modern sound. She effortlessly fuses together different genres to create a sonically spell-binding experience. Sultry R&B notes and jerky, deep-rooted beats demonstrate NAO’s jazz roots as well as bringing it back to her African roots with the Afrobeats-inspired tracks.
She released video diaries with behind-the-scenes footage of making the album on her Youtube channel (first episode above) and she is set to start a world tour next year with full dates here.
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