Lamentations is the debut album from future soul singer/songwriter Ngaiire (pron nyrie). It is a collection of songs or more so, laments, written between her Sydney home and a tiny Japanese drinking bar in the sleepy suburb of Ekoda on the outskirts of Tokyo, writing with Japan based collaborator, pianist and beat maker Aaron Choulai. Returning to Sydney, 'Lamentations' became a joined production effort between Aaron, Sydney bassist Tim Curnick and herself. Then enlisting the help of mixing virtuoso, Chris Townend (Portishead, Silverchair) Her second single 'Around' released on May 24th quickly went viral and received 1000 unsponsored hits a day on Soundcloud.
Lamentations is a stunning work.
A fully formed and utterly distinctive album from a major talent. 8/10 stars.
One of the standout local releases of the year.
Lamentations is an enviable debut. 5/5.
[It’s My Kind Of Scene]
Expect to hear a lot about Ngaiire in the future, if this debut is any indication.
What’s particularly striking about Lamentations is just how powerful each auditory image is. You can reach out and swear you could touch her soul. She allows her voice to direct wayward and tempestuous emotions, almost as if she were attempting to purge herself of something, a wound both deep and open. Ngaiire promises us her lamenting heart, and she delivers it precisely and without pretence. 4.5/5 stars.
The beauty of this album is that you can pick any song and be greeted with Ngaiire’s compelling voice, delivering poignant tales of hope and loss alike.
With her supremely impressive debut, Ngaiire has exploded out of anonymity and is set to take the Australia, and the world if they’re clever enough, by storm. 8/10.
Count To Ten
Dirty Hercules (feat Nai Palm)
Ordinary (feat Brian Campeau and Elana Stone)