After bursting onto the Soca scene and performing alongside the likes of Machel Montano, Trinidad and Tobago breakout star Nava takes a sharp left turn right into the R&B lane and speeds away on his six track EP effort entitled “now(here);”. The title is enough to spark you’re interest as it’s a play on two terms, nowhere and now here. It’s not just symbolic of his rise to musical fame but also dives deep into love and searching for self. His sound is quite unique yet is commercially appealing. Come along as we join Nava on his journey to “now(here);”.
Are You? – Throbbing bass, finger snaps and subtle string plucks make up the soundscape of the introductory song of “now(here);. It’s easy to figure out that Nava is speaking about a relationship that’s approached it’s breaking point. His words pierce the heart and instantly inserts the listener into the story. It’s a story of scorned feelings and broken hearts as told by the talented singer.
Alright – The next song’s mood can best be summed up as a wavy love vibe. After a bad break up, many of us struggle thru it. Thinking back to all the past times can be tough and at certain times, unbearable. Well here comes Nava with the ideal song to help get you thru it or at least, help you cope some. He does a stupendous job once again with his compelling song writing abilities. The icing on the cake happens to be the extremely catchy yet simplistically constructed hook.
Blind – This is definitely the most personal track on “now(here);”. The beat intro adds a certain touch of mysteriousness to it. His knack for picking excellent instrumentals gives him an even bigger advantage over other current R&B artists. “Blind” is made up of multiple layers of feelings. Again, focusing on his strong choral arrangements, not only is Nava able to address betrayal, mistrust and twisted truths in a short period of time but he’s also able to address the distress and heartache the project has been following. The vocal edits and beat break down at the tail end of the song gives it the final touches to make this one hit home.
Pon Road – Littered with thick bass tones and reversed synth keys, Nava finds inspiration in an old UK slang term meaning to be constantly on the go, working hard, grinding. “Pon Road” directly addresses his own journey, the sacrifices he’s had to make during it and the repercussions that follow. It also is a blunt statement made by Nava that he is strong willed and determined to succeed in this game we call life at all costs. Nava is the poster child for the pon road terminology as his touring record can more than prove. The song also sums up the end of the relationship the singer has spoken about over the duration of the EP. With the clip of a jaded voicemail message, “now(here);”, comes to it’s ending.