Recently seen unexpectedly wowing Jay Z in his own music video, Kiah Victoria continues to wow listeners with her latest release, the “Look Up” EP.
Big hair and a bold voice, Victoria’s appearance in the rapper’s Picasso Baby short film was a welcome surprise, and showed but a glimpse of the singer’s star potential.
On this new EP, the twenty-one-year old former actress absolutely soars over the murky atmospheres, constructed by trip hop producer Tolu Adeyemo. Victoria’s crisp vocals compliment Tolu’s immersive beats, most noticeably on ambient opener “Sunlight”.
“Rooftop”, is a fantastic showcase for the singer’s varied range and really explores her impressive vocal ability. The track itself is flamboyant and even cinematic at points but, combined with Victoria’s modest lyrics, is a perfect place for new listeners to begin.”Rise” is another classy if more traditional ballad. The New York songstress sounds almost tortured over an instrumental that subtly builds, using some tremendous horns and just the right amount of reverb.
Having starred on Broadway at only the tender age of ten, the drama of the stage can certainly be heard in theatrical closer, “Home“. Melodic background vocals, apt lyrics and a skilfully layered instrumental, Home might just be an immediate highlight.
With Adeyemo and Victoria harnessing a distinctive sound, the pair approach the fusion of post-dubstep, indie R&B and neo-soul from a fresh angle. At just four tracks and with second EP “Gravitate” coming soon, the Look Up EP is a terrific teaser of even better things to come.
Written by Jack O’Neill