Vocalist and cellist Nia makes striking debut with EP ‘Freefall’

"In the past year I wrote this music, creating my own personal sacred place, that’s now ready to be seen"
19 April 2024

Nia’s debut EP, Freefall, introduces listeners to her captivating blend of alternative R&B. Emerging from a rich background of touring with acclaimed artists like Burna Boy and Emeli Sandé, the Bulgarian neo-soul and jazz newcomer steps confidently into her own spotlight.

Nia’s EP is a testament to her artistry, featuring a mesmerizing fusion of piano, strings, tight drums, and bass, adorned with atmospheric electronics. Her elegant, silky vocals soar above the instrumentation, creating a hypnotic ambiance across the EP’s four tracks.

One standout track, Belong, delves into the complexities of past love, blending nostalgic reminiscence with the struggle to move forward. Nia’s poignant lyrics are echoed by steady piano patterns, driving drum grooves, and velvety string and oboe tones, crafting a deeply personal and powerful experience.

Nia reveals: Writing Belong was an explosion of emotions. It is a mixture of reminiscing about a past love filled with beautiful memories but at the same time very destructive and hard to move forward from. The steady piano pattern and drum groove, mixed with the velvety tone of the strings and oboe, represent those exact mixed feelings that love can bring. As the track progresses, all these layers of sounds come together and the feeling of letting go past emotions becomes stronger. Belong is a really personal and powerful song that helped me come out with a free mind and an open heart

Reflecting on the EP as a whole, Nia shares, “After graduating, I faced a tough period, seeking both my personal and professional paths. The steady grooves combined with the warm sound of the strings create different soundscapes and illustrate the raw ups and downs of diving into a self-searching path. In the past year I wrote this music, creating my own personal sacred place, that’s now ready to be seen. Making this music gave me so much more than I intended and if I can make people ‘feel’ while listening to it, I’d be immensely happy.’

Produced and mixed by Anton de Bruin and mastered by Jake Viator, Freefall serves as a compelling introduction to Nia’s artistry, showcasing her talent for crafting emotive and immersive musical narratives.