28th of August 2024

 ZDB presents Niecy Blues

Another tradition at the L Concerts, one night every year is the responsibility of the renowned Galeria Zé dos Bois in Lisbon. What reality is this? What is it made of? And how can we get out (escape?) from it? On Exit Simulation, her debut album, Niecy Blues (responsible for the writing, production and arrangements of the project – the exception is “The Architect”, produced by T. Morris Wilson) presents her set of whispered/filtered answers to resolve these questions, creating a sonic tapestry, which is between ambient, r&b and gospel (and a considerable dose of experimentation mixed in), to make you feel something (for some, that's a lot) and deal with feelings that were well buried and that you can only now achieve see from the surface.

With a strong identity that places it both close to a modern approach to the mist of trip-hop and to particular expressions of current visionaries like Kelela or Solange (like them, they have vocalizations, melodies and harmonies with elegance to give and sell), the American artist called on a usual collaborator for this album, Khari Lucas (aka Contour), but also Mary Lattimore (harpist who gives an air of grace on “Exits”), KeiyaA (who lends voice and plays saxophone on “Soma” , the only song that features an extended band to imagine jazz with spirits inside), Durand Bernarr, Brian Foote, Zeroh or Qur'an Shaheed, names close, each in their own way, to the singular universe they created.

After a youth with a strong presence of churches, cults and religion, Blues knocks the door on that past in this first effort in a long-form format and surrenders to a spirituality that comes from a less oppressive unknown (and that transports her to a place more free). If you click play to listen to your music and feel disoriented, don't worry: in the end everything will make sense (you just need to know where the exit is...).

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