NIKI Returns With New Album "Moonchild"

NIKI Returns With New Album "Moonchild"

NIKI Returns With New Album "Moonchild"

NIKI returns with her debut feature length album "Moonchild."

NIKI returns with her debut feature length album "Moonchild."

Text: Sophie Lee

NIKI has mastered the art of making dreamy pop music with an edge. Her latest body of work, Moonchild, follows the Indonesian singer and multi-instrumentalist through several stages of life. The album begins in crescent moon, which signifies innocence and curiosity. It then transitions into half-moon, representing loss of innocence and disillusionment, before ending in full moon, or self-discovery and strength.

NIKI explained that the album title came to her while she was up late at night making music. “I realized how much more energized and stimulated I felt at night compared to the day, and I referred to myself as a 'child of the moon' because of it," she said. "I began imagining an entire, fictional universe in my head. Bringing those stories to life was a rollercoaster! I let go of any and all preconceived notions, rules and limitations I felt bound to and let my creativity take the wheel in any direction."

Moonchild begins with track Wide Open, a moody tribute to the grittiness of female youth. NIKI hits her stride, however, in her half-moon phase. It's there that her wispy voice and textured tracks come together to create a truly splendid atmosphere. By the time Moonchild settles into its final phase, and NIKI's story-arch has reached its satisfying conclusion, folksy track Drive On will have solidified NIKI in the new pop milieu.

Credits: Photos provided by artist.

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