Nao Soars on Debut Album 'For All We Know'

Nao Soars on Debut Album 'For All We Know'

Meet London's latest R&B export

Meet London's latest R&B export

In today's age of oversaturated pop, where just about every song on the radio is written and/or produced by the same five people (sorry, Sia—it's not your fault that you're so prolific), there is no greater pleasure for an avid audiophile than discovering a new album with a sound entirely its own.

Enter British singer-songwriter-producer Nao, who has just dropped her debut album, For All We Know. With 18 tracks, it's a rich body of work with smooth production that combines elements of slow-burning jazz and '90s R&B. While I typically avoid any album with more than 14 tracks (yes, even Views was a stretch ), For All We Know consistently delivers from start to finish—making it difficult to imagine what, if anything, she could cut. That said, even in a field of gold, a few standouts shine brighter than the rest: "Dywm," "Get To Know Ya," and "Bad Blood" (previously released as a single).

On her inspiration for the album, Nao said in a recent interview: "For All We Know has quite a personal meaning to me. 'For All We Know' is my favourite jazz standard, which I studied at university. It has a really beautiful sentiment in it. The idea is that tomorrow is not guaranteed. But it’s also a nod to all the old souls like Donnie Hathaway, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin. They’re singers that I absolutely love."

Having been featured in BBC's Sounds of 2016, and on Disclosure's most recent album ("Superego" off of Caracal), Nao has found support in the British music industry—known for championing new artists who ultimately go on to shape the direction of mainstream music the world over (Sam Smith, FKA twigs, etc). If her debut album is any indication, Nao is next in line.

Listen to For All We Know below.

Credits: Cover photo courtesy of Apple Music.

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