Currently located in Brighton is the self-taught singer-songwriter, Andreya Triana, whose music can not seem to fit into any one category. Her tender and somewhat seductive voice draws one into the song, its dream-like sound being arduous from which to wake. It has an organic contrast to most current singers, as she adopts a mesmerising style that seems to be dying out. Andreya began singing at the incredibly young age of seven years and has been a creative person ever since, whether she has been writing poetry or compiling home-made mix tapes. She is now an up and coming star – with help from her producer, Bonobo – with a lot to offer. Originally hailing from South East London, Andreya has taken inspiration from her surroundings to develop her own style of jazz and soul, with a little mix of new wave and just about everything else.
A Town Called Obsolete ranks at the top of my play-list, the smooth melodies and harmonics in perfect collaboration with the bass line, creating an upbeat yet relaxing atmosphere. While this gives the song the most of its potency, it also pleases me how versatile its mood is; you can listen to it on a daily basis and it does not fail to charm. However, if you are looking for something a little softer, Daydreamer is the song to listen to; her range of notes is purely outstanding and definitely shows off her talent. Darker Than Blue has a slow start, but do not be quick to judge as it gently increases into one of the album’s best tracks. It is not only Andreya Triana that deserves credit for these powerful songs, but her ensemble of musicians who seem to have captured her emotion impeccably, creating a classy track-list.
While a lot of young artists release an album that shows room for improvement, Andreya has already scored herself some very high marks, including a place on the BBC’s Introducing Stage at Glastonbury Festival 2009, which will no doubt have captured the attention of a new fan-base. I am looking forward to hearing more from her soon.