Aisha Badru’s ‘Transcendence’ Out Tomorrow; Listen To “Love Doesn’t Fade”
February 6, 2020 BY Nettwerk
Singer and songwriter Aisha Badru releases her new EP, Transcendence, tomorrow (Feb 7), and today she shares a lyric video for her love song, “Love Doesn’t Fade.” The new EP is a beautiful recount of Aisha stunning transformation over the past few years, having gone from living in a low-income neighborhood in Yonkers, NY to creating her own oasis in the outskirts of Orlando, FL, replete with two ponds and a food garden, fruit trees and butterflies, birds and bees. Transcendence explores connections of all kinds—connections to oneself, each other and the planet.
Aisha says, “‘Love Doesn’t Fade’ is a song about relationships that transcend space and time… Those encounters that make us feel as though we are picking up where we left off.”
If her debut album Pendulum (2018) captured her dealing with heartbreak and leaving her old life behind, and the follow-up EP Road to Self (2019) chronicled how her journey began, then Transcendence is the sound of Badru today, achieving an almost zen-like state of being. Her music emanates as humble storytelling, wisdom through verse that’s free of ego or judgement.
Badru wrote much of Transcendence with a mix of intention and whimsy. Her explorations of nature sparked lyrics, which she’d then flesh out at home while strumming her guitar. This modest-yet-gutsy window into her soul is key to how she connects so meaningfully with her fans. It’s won her nearly 60 Million Spotify streams, a fanbase spanning from America to Europe, and media praise (from outlets such as NPR, who praised her “warm and inviting” approached) that seem unanimously enchanted by her disarming, analog ways.
Transcendence, like Badru’s previous works, is produced by the U.K.-based Chris Hutchison. They have never worked together in person (for all her organic ways, technology, specifically the Internet, has always played a pivotal part in her process), but have an intuitive musical bond. In the past, Hutchison built lush soundscapes around her stripped-down tunes, adding electronic-tinged elements to her indie folk sound. But for this EP, she says, “I knew I wanted it to be acoustic. I wanted it to be a bit more intimate, so my lyrics could really take center stage. “