Track Of The Day: Aisha Badru – ‘Splintered’

Following the lush, enveloping sound of previous single ‘Bridges’, New York’s Aisha Badru returns to charm our ears with a sparkling new offering, ‘Splintered’.

A call for people to take control of their lives‘Splintered’ flows with the beautiful, sweeping splendour of Badru’s delicately emotion-strewn vocals. Oozing a majestic grace, alongside twinkling melodies and a soaring musicality, it’s filled with a raw emotion that’ll send shivers down the spine on first listen. With shades of the twinkling fragility of Daughter, it’s another simply spellbinding creation from this innovative artist.

Of the track, Badru explains:

We often find someone else to blame. We are afraid to take responsibility, reclaim our power, and heal ourselves. Splintered encourages people to face the dark spots within us in order to find the light.”

Pendulum, the latest album from Aisha Badru, is out now. Catch her live at her first UK appearance on 18th September at Oslo, Hackney.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Introducing Interview: Aisha Badru

New York artist Aisha Badru has been charming our ears for the last few months with the sweeping emotion of her unique folk-tinged electronica. Previous single ‘Bridges’ blew us away with its heartbreaking beauty, whilst latest track ‘Fossil Fuels’ is another captivating offering.

With her debut album out this week, we caught up with Aisha to find out more…

Hi Aisha, welcome to Get In Her Ears! Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a singer-songwriter from Yonkers, New York, but deep down I’m really just a poet masquerading as a musician.

How did you initially get into creating music?
I was in college and depressed because, like many of my peers, I wasn’t doing something that truly gave my life purpose and meaning. During my third year of school I decided to withdraw from my classes, buy a guitar, and teach myself how to play as a way to express what I had been keeping inside. I’ve been creating music ever since.

We’re loving your new single ‘Fossil Fuels’ – what’s the meaning behind the track?
‘Fossil Fuels’ is a personal recount of a one-sided relationship, but it’s also symbolic of how we treat the earth in a unsustainable way. If you observe closely, reciprocation is a natural law of the universe. When you don’t give back, whatever you are taking from eventually becomes depleted.

Who would you say are your main musical influences?
There is no one specific that I can say has influenced by style, but I have definitely been influenced the most by folk music, particularly folk music from the UK.

Your debut album Pendulum is out next week, which is super exciting! Can you tell us a bit about what went into making it? And are there any themes running throughout it?
I worked with a producer that I’ve never met in person. His name is Chris Hutchison and he lives in the UK. I would send him a very stripped demo of my song and he would send back a fully produced masterpiece. As for the lyrical content, Pendulum explores the swing between the light and dark aspects of life. This swing is an inevitable and under-appreciated part of existence. Eastern philosophical themes can be found in songs like ‘Splintered’ and ‘Dreamer’.

How do you feel the music industry is for new artists at the moment? Would you say it’s difficult to get noticed?
It’s an exciting time for new artists because the internet has become a platform where you can do everything yourself and you can target and engage your fans directly without a middleman. With that being said, there is also a dense saturation of music online, so you really have to try to set yourself apart in order to be noticed. It can be difficult, but I believe there is a market for everyone, you just have to be persistent and creative enough to find ways to tap into it.

As we’re a new music focused site, are there any other new/upcoming artists at the moment that you’d recommend we check out?
Check out ‘Legends‘ by Lannds. You won’t be disappointed.

Finally, what does the rest of 2018 have in store for you?
I’m looking forward to traveling more. I want to create short documentary films to remind people that we’re all connected, even though it’s easy to disconnect from the issues that exist all over the world. In addition to that, I’m writing again and working on a new EP!!

Huge thanks to Aisha for answering our questions! 

Pendulum, the debut album from Aisha Badru, is out 27th April.

 

Photo Credit: Neda Bridgeman

Get In Her Ears talks Time’s Up

For their first show of 2018, Kate and Mari played the usual selection of fantastic new music including tracks from Moon Palace, Aisha Badru, Bamboo Smoke, JAAYNS and Table Scraps.

They also had a bit of a chat about the recent #TimesUp campaign, with massive love for Oprah Winfrey’s incredibly powerful speech at the Golden Globes.

Listen back to the show here:

Track Of The Day: Aisha Badru – ‘Bridges’

As the new year dawns bright, New York singer-songwriter Aisha Badru’s first UK single ‘Bridges’, and its accompanying video, are a great start.

‘Bridges’ has a lush, enveloping sound; featuring Aisha’s soft, soothing vocals like sparkling ripples on water. It is a positive song, offering hope in a powerfully subtle way, as it explores the persistence required in relationships. It’s a song about not giving in, despite differences – “There’ll be oceans for us to tread, There’ll be bridges for us to mend, But I’ll stick to it”.

The delicate voice and lyrics blend folk and electronica with violins and piano keys in a beautiful orchestration of feeling, making the listener stop and absorb the lyrics and message: a universal one of unwavering love despite the obstacles – “We were worlds apart, so I fell from the stars, I travelled long and I travelled far.” A song that begins with lyrics as beautiful as these will capture your heart, and start a quiet revolution. Often the greatest obstacle that we face is ourselves, and this song offers transcendence of limitations. 

‘Bridges’ is the lead single on Aisha Badru’s forthcoming debut album due this year, via Nettwerk Music Group.

Fi Ni Aicead
@gotnomoniker

Photo Credit: Neda Bridgeman