Dream-pop artist Nasimiyu brings her composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist zing to her latest release, “dirt. [EP]” The genre falls somewhere on the earthier, brassy-er side of the indie pop spectrum. Think Talking Heads plus Etta James — on a safari, telling ghost stories.
Other influences include Sun Ra, Fiona Apple, Dirty Projectors, TV on the Radio, Bjork, and Fela Kuti.
Nasimiyu came from in a half-Kenyan, half-Scandinavian household in Minneapolis, then rounded out her sound by studying under street performers, voodoo practitioners, and marching band musicians for 4 years in New Orleans. She now moves and shakes in eclectic artist circles in Brooklyn.
Although she played most of the instruments on the new album herself, Nasimiyu fronts and plays keyboard with a live backing band of NYC musicians she describes as her “top picks” — drummer Kevin Raczka of Valerie June / Antibalas, trumpeter Andrew McGovern of Machetes, tuba player Mark Nagy of Escarioka, and saxophonist Eden Bareket of The Side Project. You can catch them live on December 9th at Pete’s Candy Store in Brooklyn and January 3rd at Nublu in Manhattan.
Nasimiyu worked on “dirt. [EP]” across several timezones with co-producers Andreas Gustafsson in Sweden and Ben Lorio in New Orleans. It features guest players Kalmia Traver of Rubblebucket, Mike Bass of Trombone Shorty, and the New Orleans bass crew, Naughty Professor.
Nasimiyu received glowing reviews from Afro-Punk and Liberator Magazine for her last solo album, and also landed a video on MTV for her one-off collaboration with EDM producer, Paper Diamond.