debut album on Dorado Records
focus track with video released in celebration
‘The Tunnel’ feat. Irvin Suave
NIN3S shares his full album ‘Hopeyard’ which comes out today on Dorado Records with the moody alt-soul focus track, ‘The Tunnel’ featuring Irvin Suave.
‘The Tunnel’ features Nigerian vocalist-songwriter-producer, Irvin Suave who brings an RnB-gospel tinge to proceedings. Known for his startlingly beautiful alt-soul falsetto and reflective lyrics, ‘The Tunnel’ sees Suave tell a story of seeking an escape from pain and loneliness. Hiss melancholy lyrics and brooding delivery is like a confessional, wrapped by NIN3S slick production, with jazz inflected instrumentation, atmospheric synth and beats, and a melody so immediate, it’s sure to stay with the listener.
The beautifully shot video for ‘The Tunnel’ is a powerful visualisation of Suave’s lyrics, directed by Spanish filmmakers Fernando Mascaro and Marta Barrios. We see a protagonist in the depths of despair and loneliness, struggling against himself, smashing his metaphorical demons and obstacles and yearning for his family. We finally see him full of hope, trying to drive away out of his darkness, will he make it?
Last year’s debut single ‘So Far So Close’ was a sonic masterpiece, and the follow-up ‘Adeve’ an odyssey of jazz electronica featuring the jazz brass of featured artist Teal Jazz (a Cuban artist who has collaborated with Chucho Valdes, Pat Metheny, Pablo Alboran) with spacey synths, melancholic piano and relentlessly grooving drums. Third single was the epic, emotive anthem ‘Khokhoba’, featuring the heart-drenched vocals of South African Xhosa vocalist, writer, poet and musician Toshi Tikolo, who has worked with some of most credible names in electronic music including Black Coffee and David Morales and listed in Mixmag’s ‘Top 17 African Women Shaping Dance Music’. The album is bookended by the dazzling, delicate piano piece ‘Devil’s Hopyard’.