Music from and for the soul. Your connection to the earth and within comes out beautifully. Looking forward to your debut EP NIDALA.” – Claire Mooney, triple j unearthed
“It’s reflective but also has you thinking about your own life and that’s a mighty good quality.” – Declan Byrne, triple j
French-Aboriginal woman, activist, singer and songwriter NIDALA is excited to reveal her anticipated debut EP ‘Colours of My People’. The brainchild of proud Djugun woman Nidala Barker, NIDALA blends aspects of indie-rock, folk, blues roots and soul with emotive vocals and low-fi instrumentation to create mantric music for open hearts and raised fists.
‘Colours of My People’ is a 100% carbon neutral project aimed at creating reconciliation in all forms; reconciliation of ourselves, of our emotions, of our bodies and of our natural environments and communities. Out Thursday 2 September via LUSTRE, the EP is driven by Barker’s relentless hope in humanity and her staunch activism as a protector and carer of Country.
Opening track and first single, One Of Those Days was recorded at a friend’s home in the Byron Shire. Soon after, she secured funding (thanks to the help of producer, Emily Toner) for a session at Rocking Horse Studio with Paul Pilsneniks, for the final three tracks of the EP. The project marks a shift in NIDALA’s musical composition, adding a three piece band including guitarist Matthew Collins and drummer Charity Turner, enriching her sound with a more upbeat energy.
Captivating heart-warmer and follow up single, Said Too Much navigates modern juxtapositions of identity, self-expression and human connection through NIDALA‘s intersectional and honest lens. The track is an energetic call to arms urging both herself and her listeners to release any conflicting societal expectations thrown our way and to stay true to our perfectly imperfect selves, especially when it comes to love.
Thanks to the support of Bundjalung (Byron Bay) based sustainable clothing brand, Spell and local Organic Permaculture farm, Ella’s Farm, NIDALA will be dedicating 20% of all the EP’s proceeds to planting trees, hoping to demonstrate that music can be a direct tool for creating tangible positive change in the world. She is also dedicating a further 20% of the proceeds towards funding Indigenous run initiatives, ranging from mental health services to creative mentoring, as a means to amplify the positive work of her people.
Arriving at a time that needs it, ‘Colours of My People’ invites us to connect with each other, respect one another and our history, and do better as citizens of this shared planet. The ambitious release is destined to cement Nidala Barker as a leading voice of the next generation of Australia’s great songwriters.
‘Colours of My People’ is out Thursday 2 September via LUSTRE
Pre-orders available now via Bandcamp
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With thanks to This Much Talent