There is no question that Ngaiire is becoming one of the most exciting artists in Australia right now. After a whirlwind trip to the US for CMJ earlier this year, she has come back with guns a-blazing in the lead up to the release of her second album, Blastoma. Having quickly jetsetted around the country at the start of the month for Groovin’ The Moo and announcing an upcoming tour of her own, it’s safe to say Ngaiire is only just getting started – and her latest single, House On A Rock, is her best release yet.
With thick synths buzzing to open the track, the electronic influence is much stronger in this one than previous singles like Once, Diggin’ and I Can’t Hear God Anymore. With almost garage-y/footwork drums, her native soul and R&B elements are still very strong here, particularly in the verses but overall this is much more danceable and almost liberating to listen to. Set to be an absolute stand out for her upcoming tour, her soaring chorus and catchy loops add to the impressive nature of the song.
But, although on first listen to may make you think otherwise, this is no positive, good vibes song. With lyrics like “Living on ‘I love you’s and recycled prayers,” Ngaiire puts her poignant lyricism to task once again here, managing to effortlessly capture the frustrations and disappointments of love and loss. Blastoma is looking set to be one of the best Australian releases of the year, and it’s singles like this that will see Ngaiire take her (very well deserved) place as one of the most recognisable and interesting home grown artists in recent times.
Blastoma is out June 10.
See more: Read our interview with Ngaiire
BLASTOMA NATIONAL TOUR
Supported by triple j
Sat 11 Jun // Peak Festival, Perisher Valley
Fri 17 Jun // Fat Controller, Adelaide
Sat 18 Jun // Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth
Fri 24 Jun // Karova Lounge, Ballarat
Sat 25 Jun // Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
Sat 02 Jul // The Foundry, Brisbane
Wed 06 Jul // Festival of Voices, Hobart
Fri 08 Jul // Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Sat 09 Jul // Transit Bar, Canberra
Also catch her at Splendour In The Grass