12.01.2017

Maybe you also listen to: NAO - For All We Know


It's been quite a long time since my last album review and I wanted since couple of months ago to direct your attention towards this one. It's my first post of this year and the first time I'm writing an album review in English so...here goes.
The british singer, Nao, caught my eye a year ago while I was surfing between new tracks on Youtube.


Neo Jessica Joshua, better known as Nao, is a British singer-songwriter and record producer from East London. Her sound has been described as soul combined with electronic music, funk and R&B.(Wikipedia)

"For All We Know" is a beautiful mix of R&B, soul and electronic cuts. "This former backing vocalist’s soulful, involving debut album is at first glance a thoroughly up-to-date digital workout with a long cast list of co-producers bringing their A-game (the jazz-trained Nao has co-producer credits throughout). Somehow, unity of vision pervades." (The Guardian)

Nao penned her first song in 2013 and her first single, "So Good", helped her create her template for an emotionally pop that gives away little about its creator. "On "For All We Know", Nao autopsies various relationships—with friends, lovers, outgrown versions of herself—and, having decided what went wrong, calmly takes down the perpetrators."(Pitchfork)

Nao’s tone is filled with romantic defiance, even when, as on breakout single “Bad Blood” the lost love under her microscope is platonic. The chorus sounds tremendous. The video increases the "alien" atmosphere offered by Nao's vocals.



“Fool to Love”, a song about a doomed relationship, resonated a lot with myself. She sings with the weight of lessons learned: “I’m wise and I’m older”.

 

Nao's angelic voice oscillates between euphoria and self-examination. “In the Morning” strikes harder as she acts the part of a lover too polite to say it’s over. “Buried all my feelings, I’m withholding,” she sings, uneasily. “I tried to leave him signs ... Are they hard to recognize?”.



Other songs that I listen on repeat from this album are "Inhale Exhale", "Get to Know Ya" and "We Don't Give A" - admiring the contrast between abrasive beats and silky seductive vocals.
“Get to Know Ya” opens the album with funk guitars and melismatic melodies, before “Inhale Exhale” bounces it up a notch with a lusty bass strut that melts away as melodies zipwire across octaves.

 

The album contains 18-tracks; the songs can impress with their "breadth: “Blue Wine” a moment of cosmic relief, winds down to slow-jam tempo, but blossoms into something exquisitely languid and sprawling. Again on “Blue Wine” the music feels emotionally descriptive without the need for disclosure—“broken emotions” are the narrator’s ailment, we’re told. But when vagueness is a catalyst, rather than a stand-in for passion, its evasive profundity teaches you to look for what’s missing."(Pitchfork)

 

If you liked my review, be sure to check out some of my previous ones below:

Jessie Ware
Hozier
FKA Twigs
Azealia Banks

Until next time enjoy the snow! :)

Beldi

15.12.2016

Kefalonia 2017 Calendar - A Christmas present

Hello travellers. It's that time of the year when wishes and presents are taking a first row seat on your priorities' show. I thought to surprise you with a Kefalonia 2017 Calendar. I took these photos last summer and I'm happy to share them with you.


Playing with rocks on the long, quiet beach of Skala.


Red sand Xi beach is waiting for the next summer.


Skala again, this time in front of this amazing 5* hotel, Regina Dell' Aqua.


The picturesque village of Assos is a burst of colours and sounds.


Fiskardo remains a wonderful colourful village where you can always be surprised to meet different stars walking by the sea side.


Makri Gialos/Costa Costa beach is the greatest place for youngsters, water sports and beach sports.


Are you up for an adventure?! Try to get to Platia Ammos beach. I recommend you to choose to go there by boat.


Emblisi beach is a delight for the eyes. Situated close to Fiskardo, the white beach and the light blue water are mesmerising.


Antisamos is my favourite beach. I had an amazing time doing water sports there. The area is surrounded my green forests and the view over Sami from the Acropolis of Same, situated very close to the beach, is breath taking.


Feel free to discover secluded beautiful beaches such as this one, close to Kipoureon monastery on Paliki peninsula.


There is nothing better for me than a sunset at the seaside. There are plenty of amazing spots on the island where you can be amazed by the beauty of the landscape but this one did it for me last summer, Petani Bay Hotel with its infinity pool - 7 stars.


Sometimes it also rains on the island. We were surprised that at the end of June we had such a day on Petani beach. But you can turn the situation around taking a picture of a storm while enjoying a cold beer in a taverna on the beach.


Aenos Mt. offers great panoramic views to Zante, Lefkada, Ithaka and even mainland. A breath of fresh air while hiking in this protected area is always welcomed in the middle of the melting summer below.


Bonus for you: the emblematic Myrtos beach, the most well known spot on Kefalonia, a must see on the island.

There are many other beautiful places to see all around the island and you can discover them below.


Be sure to have a look on my "10 Reasons why to visit Kefalonia" list.

Until next time have yourselves a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!


Beldi