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Introducing: Pakistani Irish artist Niomí’s soft focus R&B pop music

Introducing: Pakistani Irish artist Niomí’s soft focus R&B pop music

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Who is Niomí?

Niomí is singer-songwriter who was born in London with Pakistani and Irish roots who moved to Mourne in Northern Ireland at the age of 13 before moving back to London in her teens. She previously performed as one half of R&B duo Tidelines, and plays piano.

What has Niomí released?

Niomí has released a handful of singles since 2018, and 2021 has seen her release the single ‘Lover’ and last week, a new EP entitled Susurrus.


Photos: Laura Aguilera

Where should I start?

Newest single and video ‘Snow’ is the best place to catch this vibe, a soft glow take on the Dua Lipa-style melodies with gossamer production and sweet backing vocals.

The song was written after a breakup and a desire to turn start afresh.

Watch the “scupltural” music video directed by Jess Anderson:

It’s about that point after a relationship ends where you start to feel ok again. I love the image of freshly fallen snow and how pure and clean it is. That’s how I felt coming out the other side of that relationship.

Sounds good. Tell me more

The newest material sticks to alternative-leaning mood-based R&B productions, and the artists says “at the core of this forest of songs is a reflection on heartbreak, mental health, loss and finding a light at the end of the tunnel.”

Have a listen to the EP:

The EP’s title Susurrus comes from when Niomí heard it on the radio one day:

I heard [the title] described as ‘the sound of the wind moving in the trees. I thought it was so beautiful to have a word for such a subtle and tiny thing and I related to that concept. Susurrus is about finding my sound. My voice is quiet and soft, as are parts of my personality. I can struggle with that and often feel I need to be bigger, louder or brighter. The word reminded me that there’s beauty in the small, quiet things. ‘Susurrus’ perfectly sums up where I am right now personally and musically.

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