British/Spanish artist Nadia Sheikh has self-released a glorious new EP, ‘Undefined’, that’s bound to win you over. It extends a welcoming hand to fans of Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker, and she’s been tipped for greatness by all sorts of sites and radio stations, including The Line of Best Fit and BBC 6 Music.
While Nadia Sheikh’s mission statement centres around reflective, tear-jerker tunes, there’s a restfulness to the instrumentals, so you can play her songs loud or enjoy them in the background, too, in the most complimentary way. ‘Undefined’ consists of four tracks which were produced and mastered by Brett Shaw (who’s previously worked with Foals and Florence and the Machine), which means you’re in for a fabulously well-rounded set of tracks as well.
Darker riffs give Nadia Sheikh’s music its edge, but you can’t deny that it’s all about the voice. Here you have a stunning set of lungs you’d attribute to a singer-songwriter who doesn’t necessarily come with strong pop-rock instruments behind them. But she has this arrangement, which sets her apart, and ‘IDWK (I Don’t Wanna Know)’ is a prime example of this in operation.
Although that’s also the key, previously released track for me, I’m all about the two fresh ones on this four-tracker. There’s something so ultimately melodic, calm and pared back about ‘Deep Waters’, which also possesses gentle guitar strums among its raw wholesomeness. It’s very much the same order of business on ‘Golden’, too.