NAO finds hope and happiness on his new album “And then the life was beautiful”
British singer NAO has grown into an artist and a fully realized person over her past five years in the public eye. His first album, 2016’s For all we know, put her on the map as a cross-genre singer, while 2018 Saturn was an introspective journey as she navigated her own return from Saturn in her late twenties.
NAO’s long-awaited third album And then life was good released today, and is a celebration of who NAO has flourished in the three years since Saturn. (Maybe it’s no wonder then that she poses on the album cover with a shiny sunflower.)
And then life was good is largely a product of the pandemic, as much of the lyrical content on the album deals with the life and achievements of NAO after the lockdown. “The change came like a hurricane / 2020 has hit us differently,” the album’s title track opens. The “Superego” singer gave birth to her first child, a daughter, in June 2020, and her transformation into a mother is reflected throughout the album.
Songs like “Messy Love” and “Antidote” (a collaboration with Nigerian singer Adekunle Gold) are reminiscent of upbeat NAO releases For all we know; meanwhile, songs like “Wait” and the “Postcards” assisted by a snake in the feet recall the sincere honesty of Saturn.
NAO spoke with The independent prior to the album’s release and was brutally honest about the album creation process while simultaneously balancing the full-time job of being a new mom. She was holding her newborn daughter in her arms when she recorded “Woman”, an uplifting collaboration with fellow British Jamaican singer Lianne La Havas. “Coming back to music after giving birth was so calming,” she admitted. “I loved having something to focus on during the pandemic. It started a fire in me.
Although she is filled with love and satisfaction with her life and her music at the moment, she has decided not to go on tour next year to support the album and instead focus on her health and her life. family. “As women, we are definitely conditioned from an early age to be ‘yes’ people. So it was a very important moment for me to say, ‘Actually, no, I’m not going to do this.’ “