nother working day, one more musician reacting creatively to months in lockdown. East London singer-producer Néo “Nao” Joshua has been through some huge alterations considering the fact that you know what, not the very least the arrival of a toddler daughter, who was strapped to her chest even though she recorded this 3rd album’s feminist Lianne La Havas duet, Woman. She also realised that she was exhausted just after years of touring as perfectly as Brit, Grammy and Mercury nominations, as in depth on Burn up Out. “We ain’t dashing no extra, we got what we came for,” she sings around crisp electronic beats. She has because revealed that she will not be likely on tour for this launch.
General, though, she’s in a optimistic frame of head. On the title monitor she sings that: “Change arrived like a hurricane/2020 hit us differently,” and concludes that indeed, existence is attractive. This simplifying of her outlook extends to a additional natural and organic audio that leaves driving the house-age electro funk of her early work. Her voice is however a exceptional detail, higher and feline, but it sounds a lot less placing above the far more traditional backing of the piano ballad Hold out.
Glad That You are Long gone layers its harmonies about an easygoing guitar line. She also has an psychological closing tune named Remarkable Grace, but it isn’t quite that conventional – it is a gospel-tinged slowie that nods to the hymn in the lyrics. It sounds like she’s settling down, which has designed her seem cosier – not so thrilling, but a necessary adaptation.