Attendees of this year’s Festival of Voices are in for a treat with the powerhouse vocals of Ngaiire heating up the stage on July 6.
Blastoma is the greatly anticipated sophomore album from the Sydney singer-songwriter.
For those who are not familiar with Ngaiire’s work it will be unlike anything you have ever heard before.
“People are calling it future soul. I don’t even know what that means [laughs], it’s progressive, kind of alternative soul, or if you want to simplify it, you could call it electronic soul,” said Ngaiire.
With an impeccable attention to detail, each track on Blastoma is layer upon layer of smooth, soulful, moody and emotional riffs, beats and vibes.
Combine this with Ngaiire’s jazzy vocal tones that glide over the music in layers of harmonies and each track is left with its own dreamy atmosphere.
Each song has its own moment to rise and fall. There are minimalist moments, which grow and grow as more elements are added to the piece.
Every time you listen to a song you may discover an element that you had not heard the last time you listened to it.
Blastoma is more than just an album; it truly is a piece of art.
“I guess it’s like painting a picture: you never really know when or if it’s finished, so you kind of have to have trustworthy people around you to tell you ‘okay, stop doing that vocal take [laughs] you’ve done it a hundred times, don’t want to hear it anymore,’” she said.
Ngaiire describes the two-year writing process, which wrapped up nine months ago, as very collaborative in comparison to her earlier work. She united with the talents of Australian producer Paul Mac and musician Jack Grace.
“I really wanted to work with Paul because I had worked with him for many years and we had never worked with each other in that capacity. I really wanted to see where we could take things,” she said.
“Jack Grace, the other producer, came on organically just as a songwriter and he ended up being a co-producer on the album so it’s very much a good balance of all our influences melded together.”
Opening herself up to working with other artists helped Ngaiire to explore new ways of songwriting.
“I’ve always been used to writing by myself and being very insular with how I write and it’s always quite personal. Working on this particular album really forced me to let go a little bit more I guess and to trust other people’s creative opinions more, which really helped me grow as a songwriter and also as a person,” she said.
“Jack would come in and would think of an idea for a film clip and we’d write to that concept, which I had never actually done before, so that was really nice. It was kind of like writing for a theatre piece or for dance theatre. Already having that story and that concept mapped out and having to find the right aesthetics and music to go with that was really a beautiful way to work.”
Ngaiire is no stranger to the stage and believes that nothing else compares to the rush of performing to a live audience. She has a countless number of live shows, which are known for her electric stage presence and vibrant costumes in Australia and at international festivals under her belt.
“It’s definitely being able to connect with a room full of strangers that you’ve never met. And being able to go on that journey together, I think that is the most intimate possible circumstance you could be with anyone you don’t know,” she said.
“Music is such a powerful tool… the audience’s energy and being able to just give them an hour of relief from their boring jobs or their lives.”
Ngaiire embarks on her national tour throughout June and early July.
She will be performing as part of the Festival of Voices in Hobart on July 6.
Do not miss the opportunity to experience a true artist at work.
You can find tickets by clicking here.