Band of the Day

2012.03.07

Andreya Triana

A warm, organic soul/R&B singer with a dumbfounding voice
So I will sing you a song that I know that I can lean on, because I'm lost where I belong.
lyrics from Lost Where I Belong

Andreya Triana is a young singer and songwriter from London, U.K., now based in Brighton, an hour south of London. Triana began singing at the tender age of seven, and continued to hone her writing and vocal skills as she grew up in inner city London. After winning a competition for the Red Bull music academy in 2006, Triana spent time in Australia further honing her soulful sound and working with top producers. After teaming up with red hot experimental hip hop producer Flying Lotus, Triana caught the ear of the electronic producer Bonobo. Working together, Bonobo produced Triana's debut album Lost Where I Belong, released on Ninja Tune records in 2010.

Like many of England's best musicians over the years, Andreya Triana takes an American music style -soul and R&B- and makes it her own. Born in inner city London, Triana started singing before she was 10, and carefully honed her sound for years, establishing an improvisational live performance style and equally striking vocals. Her debut album Lost Where I Belong was produced by rising star of the electronic/production world, Bonobo, and together they've created a record that drips with organic warmth and charm. It's a fairly traditional soul/R&B album at first glance, with Bonobo bringing his signature left-field funk, but there's a dark something's-coming-around-the-corner vibe to the album. The nooks and crannies are packed with intriguing instrumental choices and rhythms that serve as an intriguing foil to Triana's always striking vocals. Beginning with the rhythmic clanking of bells like a funky Tibetan temple, “Draw The Stars” adds mysterious morsels of harp and strings. It's a lush canvas for Triana's vocals, and they take center stage. Her voice is powerful, but melts away like caramel smoke when she lets it. “Lost Where I Belong” is a more straightforward R&B track with its chilled out drums and deep, mellow guitar chords. Triana sounds remarkably Lauryn Hill-like as she effortlessly flows from husky lows to delicately jazzy highs. “A Town Called Obsolete” starts off with a stuttering Motown meets hip hop beats and splashes of eerie guitar floating in the background. Things heat up in the chorus when a horn section hits and Triana ups the ante on her vocals, showing she can do steam-rolling force just as well as delicate nuance. Triana isn't as out there as some of London's avant R&B singers like James Blake or Jamie Woon, but her take on traditional soul and R&B has more than enough unique flourishes to distinguish it, and more than enough raw talent and power to impress.