Three words I would use to describe Kemi Ade‘s sound are fluid, graceful, and mature. In her new single, “Third”, the sound is constantly shifting, the instrumentation is at once sparse and layered, and a new element takes the spotlight for each second of listening. This is alternative R&B in a pure and concentrated form.
Kemi’s voice becomes a constant, a graceful guide through an electronic forest of colourful sound. The pacing of the poetic lyrics explores romance with maturity. The lyrics are cheerful — there’s an understated excitement under each request. Something positive to brighten any day.
“Third” is the new single from Kemi Ade’s upcoming EP, O.W.Nesty. Speaking about the EP, Kemi explains that “O.W.Nesty is my way of encouraging people to immerse themselves in a pure moment, even if it’s just for 16 minutes.” If “Third” is any indication, the EP is well on its way to achieving just that.