Leeds-based futuristic soul outfit Noya Rao are joining us at Future Yard in November, brining a synth-drenched blast of warmth to our autumn programme. Purveyors of enigmatic dreamscapes and organic, danceable electronica, they released the mini album Stay in September 2020, following a number of releases via Gondwana Records. The leftfield electronic soul outfit unveiled their fourth release North, out in October 2021. This release concludes their double EP Stay / North.
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Leeds-based, electronic-soul quartet Noya Rao are vocalist Olivia Bhattacharjee, drummer Matt Davies, keys player and producer Tom Henry and bassist Chris Dagger. The band draws upon influences old and new, combining throwback soundscapes with contemporary songwriting. A fixation on analogue synthesisers blended with an acoustic continuum of vocals and drums results in a genre-defying repertory of synth-drenched, beat driven music with a vintage aesthetic. Their completely DIY ethos allows them to control each parameter of their output from writing, recording, producing, artwork and videos.
Since the release of their debut album Icaros, Leeds based electronic-soul quartet, Noya Rao have been noted as one of the rising talents of the UK jazz scene. In 2019, they were selected by London’s Jazz Re:freshed team to play in their 2020 SXSW showcase alongside Kokoroko, Steamdown and Richard Spaven. In 2021 Noya Rao were awarded PPL Momentum Accelerator Funding, cementing their position as an exciting artist with a growing fanbase.
"Utterly irresistible offerings...their adaptability of sound that appeals to essentially every music taste going." - Acid Stag
Their compositions draw on the influences of jazz, hip hop and electronic music while incorporating the sounds of the bass-heavy-dub music synonymous with the Leeds music scene. Their sound really came into focus when they met vocalist Olivia Bhattacharjee who brought her gospel style and complex choral harmony to the band. This co-existing electronic and organic thread gives the band a strong identity and their powerful live show sets them apart from other producer-led bands.
Future Yard presents
Sunday 14th November 2021
75 Argyle Street
Tickets available online in advance or on the door. Future Yard is a cashless venue – all payments are taken by contactless or chip and pin. Live curfew 11pm.
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