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Andreya Triana – Lost Where I Belong

Andreya Triana, Lost Where I Belong

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

ANYONE who thought the mix of Andreya Triana and Bonobo (aka Simon Green) was a match made in heaven after hearing their work on the latter’s Black Sands LP had best rush out and buy Triana’s new album.

Lost Where I Belong turns the spotlight more on Triana’s silky smooth soul vocals, enabling Bonobo to serve as producer and musical supervisor. The result is dusky, sultry, seductive and deeply more-ish.

Comprised of only nine tracks, it’s the sort of LP that looks set to become another big success for the Ninja Tune label, and which brings with a hypnotic type of joy that’s the musical equivalent of a nice long massage.

And yet, it’s also a deeply personal insight into Triana’s life to this point so far, a life shaped by her time spent taking shifts as a sushi waitress, stuffing envelopes and working in a hearing aid shop.

She never gave up, though, on realising her dream of becoming a singer, and a chance encounter with Green proved decisive.

Having fallen for her vocals, Green employed her for several moments on his excellent record, and then offered to return the favour and work with her on Lost Where I Belong.

The two of them subsequently fashioned the sound of her songs together in Simon’s studio in East London, working with live musicians, both playing and using samples of found sounds to stitch together a soul music both timelessly classic and utterly contemporary.

The result is a rich listen… one that’s typical of Green’s ear for layered, almost cinematic quality sounds, but one that plays to the strengths of its central performer.

Triana is an enigmatic central presence, whether purring over the marimba-led opener Draw The Stars (an instant highlight that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Bonobo record), or combining uncertainty with optimism over the title track, Lost Where I Belong.

That track, in particular, is a seminal moment for her… a slow-building, intricately layered insight into Triana’s own personal feelings. Or, as she puts it, a song about still feeling lost even though you know what path you should be taking in life – but also a song about keeping the faith despite it all.

Further highlights come in the form of the jazz-funk of former single A Town Called Obsolete, the fairground wooziness of Daydreamers, which has some heart-melting harmonising delivered in a classic style, the smooth flowing breeziness of Something In The Silence, or the relaxed, flute-enhanced funk of Up In Fire (which, again, is a perfect marriage of Bonobo’s musical ability and Triana’s soul).

But in truth, this is an album that enthrals even during its less spectacular moments, of which there are few. It’s a trendy, high quality introduction to a British soul singer who lets set to become a massive talent.

Download picks: Draw The Stars, Lost Where I Belong, A Town Called Obsolete, Daydreamers, Something In The Silence

Track listing:

  1. Draw The Stars
  2. Lost Where I Belong
  3. A Town Called Obsolete
  4. Darker Than Blue
  5. Daydreamers
  6. Far Closer
  7. Something In The Silence
  8. Up In Fire
  9. X