10.13.18 - In “Julia,” GADADU’s stripped-down arrangement of John Lennon’s tribute to his mother, dreamy vocals float over a glowing, reharmonized bass line. Anchored in an oceanic backbeat, trumpet, viola and synths emerge between choruses with new melodies. The music video flashes between neon aquatic creatures and hazy maternal imagery, weaving Lennon’s surrealistic lyrics into a visual requiem.
9.21.18 - "Life" careens playfully between two grooves. Head-spinning layered synths resolve into feel-good grooves, and solo vocal lines melt into warm harmonies in the choruses. A futuristic music video by visual artist and motion designer Pasakorn Nontananandh, who goes by alias Akaliko, uses abstract fireflies and metallic forest floors to reimagine the borders between city and nature.
9.21 - The Bitter End, New York, NY
10.26 - Coney Island Baby, New York, NY
11.8 - Bossa, Washington, DC
11.12 - Blue, Portland, ME
11.13 - O'Brien's Pub, Boston, MA
11.17 - Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY
Vibrant and expansive, GADADU's second album Outer Song builds on the sparse, soulful sound of their 2015 debut LP. Orchestral arrangements, r&b grooves and jazz harmonies bring to life over three years of songwriting by bandleaders Hannah Selin and Nicki Adams. After recording live with the full band at The Bunker in Brooklyn, Hannah and Nicki recorded overdubs in repurposed spaces including a subway platform, a deconstructed piano and a college gymnasium. GADADU later collaborated with The Rhythm Method quartet to record strings on “The Lion,” “Makeshift Constellations” and “Chided.” Outer Song takes the listener on a kaleidoscopic journey, from gamelan-inspired prepared piano in “The Lion,” to seven-part vocal harmonies in “Exquisite Corpse” and oatmeal box backbeats in “Julia.” Hannah's vocals move nimbly from the murky depths of uncertainty to crystalline moments of joy, carving striking melodies through forests of synthesizers, mellotron and strings.
GADADU received critical acclaim for their first album, And I See Night, which was recorded at their apartment in Harlem. The album won them a residency at Avaloch Farm Music Institute in rural New Hampshire, where the band developed much of the material for their next album during an intensive five-day retreat. With their November 2016 release "Bay Songs," a music video/single featuring animation by Danna Grace Windsor, GADADU established a new, bolder sound. "Bay Songs" caught the attention of filmmaker Delfine Paolini, who contracted Hannah and Nicki to score 222, a silent short film that highlights the plight of New York's iconic Chelsea Hotel. The score was nominated for the 2018 Peer Raben Award at the Soundtrack Cologne Festival. Nicki and Hannah's work together on the score had a strong influence on their production for Outer Song, which features cinematic string arrangements alongside analog synths and found-object percussion.