Singer, songwriter and composer T U R Y A has announced the release of her debut single ‘Rain’, available now to stream and download. To listen click here.
T U R Y A has delivered this debut track from her forthcoming album ‘Ocean’, out later in the year.
Nicki Wells, the person behind T U R Y A, takes inspiration from Indian Classical Music, which she studied as a teenager in India. The name comes from Turiya, a Sanskrit word, meaning a state of pure consciousness, the silence one experiences after sound. This influence is echoed throughout the new single.
‘Rain’ is a bewitching masterpiece of ethereal, melancholic electronica and has already featured in Ridley Scott’s ‘Life In The Day (India)’. With rich, immersive melodies interwoven into lyrics of yearning and poignancy, T U R Y A’s distinctive vocals spans continents and cultures.
With influences rooted in her personal experiences, Nicki was born in South London, but grew up in the foothills of the Himalayas. T U R Y A’s vocal and songwriting approach is a cultivated collection of melodies, combined with uniquely captivating, bittersweet and moving vocals. It’s these elements that have shaped ‘Ocean’.
T U R Y A describes her unconventional background, and how it impacted on her music “I grew up in Himachal Pradesh between the ages of 6 and 10, and just absorbed the sound, colours and culture of the region,” she explains. “When you’re a kid, I think you have the ability to easily adapt to your environment. The school was academic, but in the morning, we’d also wake up and meditate as part of the curriculum. It was all about kids climbing trees and scratching their knees, with an emphasis on self-expression and not being saturated with materialism.
There was so much beautiful nature, there was jungle and these epic white mountains, and that’s what you’d wake to see every day. It was also very international – we were with kids from India, America, Australia, Austria, all different parts of the world. Growing up with so many different languages and accents, I became very open to different ways of communicating. That’s how my musical ear began to develop; listening to an array of different sounds and languages. It was all about making connections, sometimes even without words, but just being in the present moment’
It is equally poignant as she has returned to her London roots to record and produce ‘Rain’. She has a special connection with London’s music scene, and wanted to bring her worldwide influences back to her hometown.
“I wanted my debut album to start with something quite vulnerable and real, rather than just dressed up with fashionable sounds,” she says. “’Ocean’ has themes of youthful discovery and eventual surrendering or letting go; I had to go into my emotional experience to really feel it, and to write from the space of the heart.”
Singing primarily in English, ‘Ocean’ is a body of work and debut material representing an artist who is vast in her range, and clear in her emotional appeal. It brings out the bluesy sweetness of T U R Y A’s vocals, and the beauty within simplicity.
As T U R Y A explains: “Some of these songs are about heartbreak; some are about acceptance – the idea that, at the end of the day, we have to accept ourselves, nourish ourselves, and there is always the liberation of just letting your hair down.”