I don’t know which way you’re approaching this album, what expectations you have, your listening experience, tastes and musical demands? But I will say this, Lapis the new EP from Nanna B isn’t demanding. However, you are required to listen and open to understanding.
Lapis lazuli is the full name of the Gemstone which also decorates the cover of this EP. Striking blue hues scattered with lines of greys. The Lapis (for short) has been prized since antiquity for its intense colour. Royals were buried wearing in ancient Mesopotamien and Egypt. According to healing-crystals-for-you.com, the Lapis Lazuli Stones resonates with the vibration of truth and enlightenment.
Nanna invites us on a cosmic journey through 7 tracks, travelling beyond the traditional soul and funk templates, while retaining neo-soul at its core. Self-described by Nanna as Art’nB you are immersed in a world filled with poetry and experimentation.
From the minimally textured – From the Blue to the lush, groove-laden beat of Where is the $$, the self-produced EP never drowns in complexion. Instead, it weaves a path of intrigue and wonderment. Lyrically questioning the world in relationships (Maybe she) and social injustice (Where is the $$) Nannas soulful and sensual vocals sound ethereal, beautifully demonstrated on the enthralling – Beaches.
The complete EP sits between genres and expands your musical borders like the slow-motion opening of a flower in bloom.
Is it strong enough to beat down the commercial walls? Perhaps not, but this isn’t trying to. Music, like art, tends to get respected in hindsight. Right now it’s the enlightened that will get it.
Key tracks: Where is the $$$, Beaches
Jakarta Dubplate #14 – Lapis EP (cover image). Record/Vinyl + Digital Album
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