Neo Joshua grew up in East London studying vocal jazz. She’s since gone on to make what she calls “wonky funk”—a winning amalgamation of electronic music, R&B, soul and funk—as Nao, earning comparisons to FKA Twigs in the process. After doing time as a backup singer (for Jarvis Cocker no less) and putting out a couple of EPs, her first full-length, For All We Know (stream it below), came out last summer to near universal acclaim. “Nao’s debut album certainly isn’t shy about setting her out as one of the UK’s brightest new talents,” said NME. “The first thing you notice is her voice, a fluttery but punchy thing with a propulsive kind of power.” And Spin added: “Whether or not Nao is ‘Girlfriend’ material—to cite the demure-yet-hopeful ballad that closes this sensational debut—she’s evolving into an artist serious pop listeners can commit to.” You can also commit to seeing her in person because Nao (above, performing “Bad Blood” live in studio for KEXP FM) closes out her American tour on Friday night at Brooklyn Steel. And Brooklyn’s Brasstracks open the show.
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Straight out of Oslo, singer-songwriter Jenny Hval has been making what AllMusic dubbed “thoughtful, uncompromising music” for more than a decade. And it’s safe to say she’s intrigued the Guardian in that time: “Like Björk and FKA Twigs, Norwegian artist Jenny Hval presents a version of female sexuality in which carnal impulses, anxieties and the female/male perspective are often knotted together.” Her first two albums came out under the moniker Rockettothesky, but she attached her name to the three most recent LPs, including this year’s Apocalypse, Girl (stream it below). “Her art rock pushes more boundaries than its low-key jazz and slam-poetry roots might let on,” according to Consequence of Sound. It’s “an understated mesh of free jazz and artful improvisation, guiding us out of the nightmare capitalism has dreamed for us and into sexual liberation and individual rebirth.” Currently working her way down the East Coast, Hval (above, doing “The Battle Is Over” live in studio for WNYC FM) comes to Rough Trade NYC on Sunday night. Seattle singer-songwriter Briana Marela opens the show.
FKA Twigs’ show at Terminal 5 on Saturday night is sold out, but The House List is giving away two tickets. So if you got shut out originally, try to Grow a Pair. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (FKA Twigs, 11/8) and a brief message explaining your favorite thing about November. Eddie Bruiser, a stuffing fan, will notify the winner by Friday.