Following her 2017 debut EP Mania, NYA is back with another short EP that pushes experimentally against the boundaries of genre. The twenty-two year old singer-songwriter doesn’t limit herself to simplicity on her Southland EP, instead reaching into the complicated nature of love, place, and independence through spacious explorations.
“I like my love pretty and shallow,” NYA sings on “Shallow”. “Just enough to move me, not enough to care.” The song starts with close acoustic strumming and NYA’s voice, but expands into a wider space with careful production. “Hollywood Hills” is all distance: trance-like, smooth, and alive with experimentation. This is the kind of track you want to find on an early EP. “Hollywood Hills” tries something new, letting the music find itself. “For Your Love” brings the blues back. The low roll of the bass and percussion play against NYA’s high-range vocals and the slow burn of it makes for an apt conclusion.
With Southland, NYA is playing in new territory. Her music and range is growing up as she does, and the impact feels significant. With two EPs under her belt, we can only wait to see what this young artist brings next.