Nia Wyn comes across as one of those voices who commands a listener’s attention. The contemporary fusion of past to present is a well worn suit for the London artist which does wonders on her track “Love I Can’t Ruin.” Taken off Wyn’s forthcoming EP of the same name, set for release February 19, Wyn delivers a light, romantic note of early love, with a raw bout of fear.
“This one is about that first stage of dating someone, and just being a bit scared of screwing it up by being too vulnerable, too early,” shares Wyn. “Eventually you peel back your layers and let them get to know the real you rather than just the image you want people to see, but that can feel really risky.”
Adoringly, the track grazes at insecurities you wish to hide. Leading with a playful electronic pulse that initially teeters towards a more R&B production, “Love I Can’t Ruin” eventually finds a resting place with a happy-go-lucky soundscape. Golden, electro-soul skids with each key and complements Wyn’s malleable tone. It’s slightly adenoidal and flies on a higher register, but does so with a nostalgic doo-wop charm. Wyn’s vocals can manipulate easily, bearing traces of jazz and soul, overall warming the track’s late night words.
And despite the shared notes of fear expressed on the track, Wyn’s candid lines leave nothing to run from (“I’m scared to tell you my secrets / that I drink too much, even so much / and sometimes soaps make me cry”). In these universal shared sentiments you can’t help but fall in love with the most human parts presented.
What is a taste of different themes and stages of nu-soul that is yet to be discovered on the Love I Can’t Ruin EP, Wyn’s distinct sound and flavor is one of an exciting artist to explore.
Nia Wyn will be on tour this spring supporting Paul Weller
1 May 2020 – Corn Exchange, Cambridge
2 May 2020 – UEA, Norwich
4 May 2020 – Winter Gardens, Margate
5 May 2020 – Cliffs Pavillion, Southend
6 May 2020 – New Theatre, Oxford
16 May 2020 – Guildhall, Portsmouth
Cover photo: Ant Adams