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SINGLE REVIEW: Where Do We Go From Here by NOURI

Listening to Nouri’s debut single Where Do We Go From Here feels like an intimate experience, with her resonant and entrancing vocals delicately guiding you through the precarious terrain of a relationship at the crossroads. The lyric explores the subject matter of loss and restoration, the method by which two people navigate their way through all the small confusions and complexities of their desires. It’s forthright about the problems of indecision, which ironically, turns out is not as direct and simplistic a task as one would always hope. These stark considerations are aptly reflected in the production of this track; it’s sparingly refined all the way through, even as playful layers of syncopated percussive grooves augment the main house style beat. The rhythms are quite crucial here, not only do they act as the foundational zone over which the bare-skinned melody is suspended, but it also reveals a link to Nouri’s cultural background; her Middle Eastern roots, which are elegantly interwoven into the fabric of the production. The melodic structure harnesses all that is efficient and inviting about contemporary dance pop—the perforated verses, the suitably brief pre-chorus and the all-important cyclical hypnotism of the chorus—and delivers a galvanised version of those familiar tendencies, as hooky and beguiling as the best pop of recent times. Nouri’s performance is the highlight of this record, going from captivatingly demure to straight out enthralling, with a richness and an earthiness in her inflexions that are as entertaining as they are persuasive. There are touches of R&B here too, especially in Nouri’s more laidback delivery during the verses, but the song has enough energy and intensity to be considered a club/dance track. For a debut record Nouri sounds as ready as if she already has a string of hits under her belt, and no doubt, after this song lands on mainstream playlists everywhere, she’ll be well on her way to securing those hit songs.

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