It doesn’t matter whether you remember Sydney chanteuse Ngaiire from the second series of ‘Australian Idol’, from her subsequent appearance on Paulmac’s fab 2006 single ‘It’s Not Me, It’s You’ or indeed from her previous solo outings.
What matters is that nine years after her appearance on ‘Idol’ and a number of solo single and EP releases later, Miss Ngaiire released her long-awaited debut album ‘Lamentations’ (cover image pictured above) on Friday.
“Despite everything I’ve been through in my life making this album was one of the most challenging as there hasn’t been anything prior that required as much of myself than this,” Ngaiire said of her debut. “I put everything I knew into it like a hopeless lover and got to a point where I had nothing to give to the people that mattered around me, or to myself. A couple months before the completion of the album I decided that I didn’t feel anything when I sang anymore. I didn’t feel music. All it was to me was this thing that was seeping up all my energy and turning me broke. I became incredibly scared.”
Thankfully, she was able to turn all those negative feelings into a positive – the industrial-sounding album opener ‘Uranus’. Eight other tracks follow, including previous singles ‘Around’ (just-released video below) and ‘Dirty Hercules’, all guided by Ngaiire’s caramel vocals.
‘Lamentation’s is available now.