Aisha Badru Releases Stunning Debut Album; Shares New Video
May 1, 2018 BY Nettwerk
Be inspired, uplifted and immersed by the voice and music of critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Aisha Badru. Her full-length debut, Pendulum, is now available at all digital and physical retailers via Nettwerk. Get it HERE.
Last week, the Nigerian descendant and self-taught guitarist exclusively premiered the entire album on Parade. Of the record, Parade enthusiastically commented, “With delicately breathy vocals and appropriately minimalistic arrangements, Pendulum is a gift from the muses. Like a silk-draped sultry afternoon, Pendulum is a rare and beautiful gem of an album. It’s so obviously crafted with care with all of the yearning, hope, heartbreak and joy we all experience but don’t know how to express. It’s OK, Aisha Badru does it for us.”
What’s more, UK’s The Daily Telegraph premiered Aisha’s visceral session video for “Splintered,” explaining: “Badru sings in a tone reminiscent of Joni Mitchell’s nightingale voice…the song is a call for people to take control of their lives because, as the New York storyteller explains, ‘the world isn’t broken, we are.’”
Watch Aisha Badru Perform “Splintered” Live:
Intersecting cinematic production, lilting instrumentation, and mesmerizing vocals, Pendulum swings from moments of sociopolitical unrest to intimate ruminations on love and life. The entrancing first single “Fossil Fuels” garnered early praise from numerous tastemakers. Clash proclaimed, “Each note feels expertly placed with her soulful delivery set against some subtly intense electronics,” as The Wild Honey Pie echoed, “‘Fossil Fuels’ is significant for many reasons, from Aisha’s captivating voice to its lyrical content, this song hits all the right notes.” The track-listing is rounded out by the previously released “Bridges” and the powerful and irresistible “Mind On Fire”—which currently exceeds 11 million cumulative Spotify streams.
Celebrating the arrival of Pendulum, Aisha headlines a very special album release show at Rockwood Music Hall on Stage 1 Thursday May 3 at 9pm. Her live presence remains renowned. Of a standout SXSW performance, NPR Music’s Robin Hilton said, “I found her music so transfixing and her storytelling…I found it really moving.”
Pendulum represents the dawn of a powerful, passionate, and poetic new spirit for music and pop culture at large.
What People Are Saying…
“Aisha Badru sets her warm and inviting voice against an array of soft effects… As the dramatic tension builds, all that technology only enhances her songs’ sense of intimacy, pulling you closer until she might as well be whispering directly into your ear.” — NPR Music
“Aisha Badru’s vocals are slight but soulful, airy but powerful…she uses this distinctive alternative/indie sound to soul-stirring effect that is difficult to describe but impossible not to feel..” — Afropunk
“Aisha Badru is majestic.” – Singersroom
“Explodes with passion and life.” — FACT
“Hailed as a dynamic new voice in folk-pop by anyone with two working ears and any semblance of taste…” – Ones To Watch
The Pendulum swings towards Badru’s artistic revolution in 2018.
With a dynamic voice and delicate songcraft, Aisha Badru filled a void in both folk and pop with her independent 2015 EP, Vacancy. Its centerpiece “Waiting Around” soundtracked a viral Volkswagen South African campaign, figured prominently in an episode of Stitchers on Freeform, and generated over 11.3 million Spotify streams. Coveted playlists such as Your Favorite Coffeehouse, Morning Acoustic, Indie Acoustic, Feminist Friday, and more have touted her music, while Apple Music included her among Best of the Week.” She’s also garnered praise from the likes of NPR Music, Afropunk, Flaunt, Ones to Watch, and more.