Nelda - Everything is Scary | SONO Music Magazine

Nelda Releases “Everything is Scary,” A New Take on Pop-Jazz

Check out the single here: Everything is scary

London-based pop-jazz, blues, and soul singer-songwriter Nelda releases her latest single “Everything is Scary” on May 4th, 2024. For this track, she teams up with Italian songwriter Viola Ugolini. It is the first single from her forthcoming concept album about voluntary displacement, due in July.

“Everything Is Scary” is the result of Nelda’s masters’ dissertation in songwriting at ICMP, London, involving long research, among which were interviews with a number of foreigners who write songs and are settled in London. These are the issues: home, belonging, growing up, the sorrowful starting over in a foreign land.

The single presents Nelda’s revolutionary fusion of jazz and pop, supported by the harmony of modal elements, to present a huge show of her outstanding academicism and ability to render theoretical concepts into breathtaking music.

The song, called New Direction, features a fabulous drumming contribution by young jazz drummer Artis Aleksejevs. A 16-year-old emerging talent, currently reading for a jazz degree at Juniors Guildhall School. Artis is not the one who plays only the drum track throughout the album but is actually a multi-instrumentalist and plays the clarinet on this particular single. Bringing new depth and dynamics to the piece.

With the title track “Everything Is Scary,” Nelda welcomes listeners to a straightforward and oft-encountered universally relatable journey, facing life’s new challenges as the London singer, like us all, deals with finding our niche in life. This single really sets a tone for her upcoming album but also cements her as one of the most inventive voices on the current contemporary jazz and pop music scene.