ACCLAIMED JAZZ SINGER AND PRODUCER NIIA’S AMBIENT ALBUM OFFAIR: MOUTHFUL OF SALT OUT NOW ON OFFAIR RECORDS
LISTEN HERE FEATURING “DEEPER THAN GOODBYE”
AND THE “SOUNDBATH SUITE” TRILOGY, RECORDED LIVE AT WESTLAKE STUDIOS
UPCOMING LIVE DATES THIS MONTH IN TORONTO, BROOKLYN, LOS ANGELES,
“Minimalist instrumentation that approximates an underwater odyssey.” - NPR’s All Songs Considered
"Cinematic... totally different" - KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic
08 April 2022 (Toronto, ON) - Los Angeles-based jazz vocalist and producer Niia unveils her new ambient project, OFFAIR: Mouthful of Salt, today—listen/share HERE.
The album, which reflects Niia’s most minimal and fluid process to date, marks a new chapter in her already acclaimed career that has been praised and pondered over by the likes of The New York Times, The Cut, Nylon, The Guardian, Paper and more.
OFFAIR: Mouthful of Salt follows Niia’s deep obsession with the ocean, and places the listener into a blurred underwater odyssey. Her prowess as a producer and vocalist wash through the compositions, which incorporate jazz improvisation and bass, piano and vocals as the main instruments. Crystal healing bowls, minimal electronics and harp also make an appearance to help create the illusion of water.
Niia recorded the project mostly at her home in Los Angeles, sometimes joined by collaborators and friends including Gabriel Garzón-Montano and Brandee Younger. The album also features “Deeper Than Goodbye,” a track about saying goodbye and letting go.
Of the song, Niia explains, “I chose to add tempo to help support me on one of the saddest songs I’ve ever written. The tempo kept me moving instead of drowning. The chant-like background vocals cast me into a state that feels hypnotizing and freeing. I’m still not sure if I’m talking about someone or if I’m talking to the ocean.”
This April will see Niia perform the album at a special run of shows, taking her to intimate venues in Brooklyn, Chicago, Toronto, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
April 12—Brooklyn— Public Records (OFFAIR Presents)
April 17—Toronto—The Drake
April 28—Los Angeles—Pico Union Project
May 1—San Francisco—The Chapel
NIIA — OFFAIR: MOUTHFUL OF SALT TRACKLIST
- Wreck Dive
- Deeper Than Goodbye
- The Body Keeps Score
- Mouthful of Salt
- The Bends
- I Left My Juul in Monterey
- Soundbath Suite I
- Soundbath Suite II
- Soundbath Suite III
PRAISE FOR NIIA
“Soul that melts” — New York Times
“Pop sensation” — Vogue
“Sultry, heart-melting” — PAPER
“Niia has character and musical dexterity in abundance” — Clash