Andreya Triana Lost Where I Belong

Andreya Triana Lost Where I Belong
After high profile guest spots on tracks by Flying Lotus, Mr. Scruff, Theo Parrish and Bonobo, Andreya Triana has finally dropped her long-awaited solo debut. It's been a long haul for the London-based soul siren, including stints as a sushi waitress and working in a hearing aid shop. You wouldn't guess that from Lost Where I Belong. Producer Bonobo frames Triana's creamy, breathy vocals (reminiscent of Sade) in a sublime, understated mix of acoustic guitars, organs, xylophones and marimbas, with the lightest undertones of funk. Maybe "soothing" is the best word to describe this set, as medium-paced numbers like first single "A Town Called Obsolete" and the aptly titled, celestial "Daydreamers" are ideal listening for a lazy Sunday afternoon. But this is more than a chill out session. The ruminative lyrics on the title track and "Far Closer" suggest an artist of ripening maturity. One might wish that the tempo was changed up a bit now and then, but that's an opportunity for next time. This is an album of subtle, yet numerous, pleasures. (Ninja Tune)