Sydney future-folk/soul songstress Ngaiire (pron Ny-Ree) is flying high in 2014, having cemented her place as one of Australia’s most dynamic vocalists and unique performers. Her Australian Music Prize nominated, debut LP Lamentations (2013), showcases stunning vocals over a refined mix of down-tempo electronic glitch, soulful grooves and elegant piano work.
Ngaiire’s haunting vocal arrangement and soul-drenched lyrics on lead single Dirty Hercules are firmly juxtaposed against sharp antagonistic heckle from friend and future-soul darling, Nai Palm, of Grammy-Nominated Hiatus Kaiyote.
Written between her Sydney home and a tiny Japanese watering hole called Bar Noah on the outskirts of Tokyo, the album drew the attention of some big fans, leading to her hand selection to support Alicia Keys & John Legend at the “Day On The Green” events in December 2013.
Meanwhile, her reputation for extravagant & colourful performances saw her invited to appear as part of VIVID Live 2014 while her vocals did all the talking on Lancelot’s much- hyped rework of club classic “Ain’t Nothing Goin’ On But The Rent”
Having erected a flag in Australian soil with Lamentations, Ngaiire spread her love for the dark beauty of the melancholic further afield in 2014 with breakout performances at Glastonbury 2014 & a string of UK club shows.
With album #2 currently in the works & her inclusion on the huge international lineup for Soulfest, expect to see & hear a whole lot more from Ngaiire as we head into the summer.