Nardeydey is the self-titled debut solo EP from Shirley Tetteh (Nérija & Maisha) featuring Tetteh on production and all instruments. The four-song project introduces her deeply personal lyrics, smooth vocals and her unique approach to music.
Having stepped into the spotlight as a solo artist with the release of her first singles as Nardeydey at the tail end of 2018 and start of this year, the tracks signalled the emergence of a singular and complex songwriter-artist from a guitarist of renown in London’s fresh jazz scene.
With a sound that pulls together myriad influences from folk, pop, jazz, soul, gospel, electro-pop, and afrobeat it’s safe to say there aren’t many similar artists out there right now.
The latest gem to have been crafted by Nardeydey is pleasing to the ear ‘Dreamin’, a teetering exploration of subtle electronics combined with bursting guitar lines and drum patterns that are topped off by her playful vocals.
“’Dreamin’ is about being an adult but not being able to get your life together. It starts off using a conversation I had with my mum as inspiration about not eating all the food she’d cooked immediately or they’d be none left – with me adding the line about being unable to cook – even though that was not a part of the original exchange. That line, for me, is an interesting intersection of sharing shame with what might be self-pride: “my dreams are why I can’t cook though.” ‘Dreamin’ is at once the source of someone’s potential, and the reasons they may stay frustrated/unrealised in the real world, whatever that means.”
Stream the track below and look out for the EP out November 29.
Nardeydey EP is out 29/11 via Lucky Number. Buy from Rough Trade.