Written Friday, November 8
The self-titled debut from 17-year-old Aza Nabuko is a six-song EP of powerful, emotive pop ballads. Nabuko’s voice has a great range, sonically and emotionally. She’s got a talent for knowing where “money note” is in her vocal range. She crafts her songs in such a way that the whole thing will build to a crescendo where at its peak she’s belting out the most powerful note in her range. It’s very articulate and mindful pop songwriting. It reminds me of past female pop singers like Vanessa Carlton or Michelle Branch.
The production through these six songs is stellar. The mix is crisp and clear. Nothing gets lost. Her voice is clearly in the spotlight, as it should be. But like any good pop album there’s a lot of fine details in the mix.
Lyrically the album ends on a high note, with “Space Between” and “When We Fell In Love” being my favourite songs in that regard.
I had the good fortune of seeing her perform at Locals Lounge at the Railway Club in Vancouver. There’s no doubt that she had a bright future ahead of her. This EP is a great accomplishment for such a young artist.