Nili Hadida, formerly one half of French folk-pop outfit, Lilly Wood and the Prick has released her self-titled debut solo album
The 11 track release finds Christian Rich (N.E.R.D, Diddy, Lil Kim) in the producer’s chair with Jimmy Douglass (Björk, Kanye West, Justin Timberlake) mixing. A combination of which leaves a lasting mark upon Hadida’s solo effort – a album which varies in sound and genre, from the gospel ‘Covered in Luck’, electronica ‘401’ and the pop ‘It’s Me’. The pair transform Hadida’s ideas, taking songs which initially began lives in different incarnations, such as ‘Brazilian War’ – initially a folk number – or ‘Why Feel Alone’ – formally Bossa Nova and propelling them into something bold and new.
The album’s centre-piece, ‘Frank’ pays tribute to Frank Ocean’s ‘Pink Matter’ – an existential assessment of the male-female dichotomy – whilst ‘Another Drink’ looks towards our darker impulses for inspiration.
Evolving from a band dynamic to that of a solo artist has allowed Hadida room to develop new sounds and with UK tour dates penciled in for this year, it won’t be long until that journey manifests itself in a live setting.