Psychedelic pop soul with a voice from another era.
The young Californian singer released her first EP, The Visitor, on 21 October 2016 via Fat Possum Records/Fresh Selects: An incredibly fruitful fusion of orchestral folk, psychedelic soul and spiritual jazz. She made her first impressions in the past years with, among others, a striking cover of “Remember The Rain” by George Clinton or “Tears For Lamont”. In this new release, Kadhja proves to be a talented composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist. The EP is co-produced by Itai Shapira, Rhye’s bassist. Here it is:
“Kadhja Bonet was born in 1784 in the back seat of a sea-foam green space pinto(…)“ This little intro on her Facebook page tells a bit about the project itself. If you’re reading while listening, you may feel this fictional backstory could be telling the truth. This first EP offers a fusion of various genres such as jazz, soul, R&B with a mix of sensitive symphonic pop sounds from an ageless dimension. It would be difficult to tell in which era this album was recorded if you didn’t look it up. It could easily have been recorded at any point in the last 60 years.
Kadhja, born in East Bay, San Francisco, has not always been exclusively into music. She first aimed for a career in cinema. Born in a family of six, she was raised by her father and mother, respectively opera singer and cello player who provided her with a rich classical music education. Kadhja followed a strongly academical music course throughout her early life, learning violin from a very young age. In an interview with the Guardian, she revealed her preferences for Shostakovich, Debussy and Ravel. You’ll find a bit of that in The Visitor. This background allows her to bring up a very retro songwriting, straight out of the 40s, but also chords that feel like they’re taken out of a Disney movie. From her strong classical influences, Kadhja has today moved towards soul and pop for an outstanding and incredibly classy first album.
The Visitor originally came out a year ago, but has now been released in an expanded format, including a couple of new tracks in the form of “Nobody Other” and “Francisco”.
You can purchase the EP on Kadhja’s website and follow her on Facebook for regular updates.