Following the release of her critically acclaimed 2018 debut album ‘Pendulum,’ US singer-songwriter Aisha Badru returns with her stunning new EP – ‘Transcendence,’ out February 7 2020 via Nettwerk.
At the heart of ‘Transcendence’ lies the new single ‘Soil’s Daughter,’ (out now) a wispy hymn with earthy vocals, about our collective roots. “This is me reflecting on the world, and this huge disconnect between us as a people and us with the planet,” says Badru, who’s given herself over to a sustainable existence, since moving from Yonkers, New York to her own little oasis outside Florida. The track sits in harmony with ‘Forest Green,’ a poignant, hushed lullaby about growing up in a concrete jungle and manifesting your future.
If ‘Soil’s Daughter’ is a rallying cry for people to ignite their own change, ‘Millennial’ is an empathetic look at how hard, in reality, that can be, whilst the excellent ‘Water’ tells us to trust there’s something better, to not be afraid of the unknown. And finally, there’s ‘Love Doesn’t Fade,’ a weightless musing that unfolds like poetry.
‘Transcendence’, like Badru’s previous works, is produced by the U.K. based Chris Hutchison. They have never worked together in person (for all her organic ways, technology, specifically the Internet, has always played a pivotal part in her process), but have an intuitive musical bond. In the past, Hutchison built lush soundscapes around her stripped-down tunes, adding electronic-tinged elements to her indie folk sound. But for this EP, she says, “I knew I wanted it to be acoustic. I wanted it to be a bit more intimate, so my lyrics could really take center stage.”
Badru wrote much of ‘Transcendence’ with a mix of intention and whimsy. Her explorations of nature sparked lyrics, which she’d then flesh out at home while strumming her guitar. This modest-yet-gutsy window into her soul is key to how she connects so meaningfully with her fans. It’s won her more than 16 million Spotify followers, a fanbase spanning from America to Europe, and media praise (from outlets such as the Daily Telegraph, Clash, Line of Best Fit, The 405 and NPR) that seem unanimously enchanted by her disarming, analog ways.