EP Review: Hummingbird
Forget everything you thought you knew about music. Nanye's debut EP creates cinematic sounds in a heavily artistic way, creating one unified body of work. Pushing boundaries in music has been done by artists such as Frank Zappa, Grace Jones or Bjork.
Philosophical lyrics run throughout, about finding yourself and being present. This comes across in 'Beginnings'; ‘I encounter you as I encounter me/‘in the middle of this we find the beginning that has no end’. There's lots of symbolism about us being part of the universe, created by something bigger than ourselves. 'I Pray' additionally has warm and mindful lyrics, repeating the words 'close enough for comfort', building up tension.
The beautiful female vocals carry the listener into another world, with an ethereal and ghost-like atmosphere. Due to the spooky overtones, I can hear these songs being used as background for horror or psychological thriller films. The second half of 'Hummingbird Pt. 1' slows down, becoming eerier and almost frightening with the guitar and drum break. The opening of 'Beginnings' gives an illusion of people walking in a bathroom and a tap dripping-like sound, emphasizing that cinematic illusion.
'Hummingbird Pt. 2' is the shortest and only instrumental track. My only confusion is it's described as 'explicit' on Spotify yet there are no lyrics to indicate such, unless Nanye deliberately classed it that way. Otherwise, this is overall a wonderful piece of art that could revolutionize the use of experimentation in music.
Listen to the EP here: https://open.spotify.com/album/3Cwuxsaj7OBaDcUYkBoM54?si=fr_2mZvyTySeK8Bq3I1D3g#_=_
A video to go along with the first track: https://www.facebook.com/nanyemusic/videos/2039030213088662/