Sydney based future-folk/soul artist Ngaiire (pronounced Nighree) was featured on the Triple J’s 2010 Next Crop list alongside Kimbra, Lanie Lane, and The Jezabels. Born in Papua New Guinea, Ngaiire migrated to Australia at just 16. Since then she has been building a reputation for herself as one of the country’s most recognisable and dynamic vocalists and performers combined with her love for flamboyant stage attire. ‘Dirty Hercules’ is the fierce new single from her highly anticipated debut album Lamentations (due out June 2013) — an album partly written in an obscure little drinking bar in the suburban outskirts of Tokyo, Japan — ‘Dirty Hercules’ is a commanding entry into the music world.
Her peculiar vocal arrangements and rare sense of soul sets her well apart from other singers, transcending universal territories with its electronic soul elements as well as gratifying the folk sphere with her great adoration for storytelling and heartfelt laments.
The song speaks of the vast aberrations of the darkness, the sex, the lies, the money, the drugs that detract from the reality of our own core conditions. It sheds light on the towering ugliness of our ailing covetous nature, the misinterpretations of strength and the journey of acceptance that no two people can have the same story.
Featuring friend and future-soul darling ‘Nai Palm’ of Melbourne band Hiatus Kaiyote, ‘Dirty Hercules’ sees Nai add an additional depth that charters bottomless profundities (Hiatus Kaiyote, have been exclusively championed by Questlove, Erykah Badu and Gilles Peterson) Nai’s husky vocals lay further assault to the hard-hitting dub step-esque bridge before rolling into a harmony-thick outro — a Ngaiire trademark and one that constantly challenged even a 48 channel Pro-Tool session come mixing time.
‘Dirty Hercules’ steps forth from an album book ended by challenges, from Ngaiire’s car accident a day before recording started to the death of her sister upon the album’s completion: it stakes a flag in the ground as Ngaiire’s official arrival.
‘Dirty Hercules’ National Tour:
SAT 2 MAR - Nannup Festival NANNUP, WA
SUN 3 MAR – Nannup Festival NANNUP, WA
SAT 9 MAR - Bridge Hotel CASTLEMAINE, VIC Special Guests: Ainslie Wills Trio
SUN 10 MAR - Northcote Social Club MELBOURNE, VIC Special Guests: Hailey Cramer; Ghost Orkid
SAT 16 MAR - Blue Mountains Music Festival KATOOMBA, NSW
SUN 17 MAR - Blue Mountains Music Festival KATOOMBA, NSW
SAT 23 MAR - Republic Bar HOBART, TAS Special Guests TBA
FRI 29 MAR - Clarendon Guesthouse KATOOMBA Special Guests - Miss Little and Ribongia
SAT 30 MAR - FBI Social WOOLLOOMOOLOO, NSW Special Guests - Miss Little and Ribongia
FRI 12 APR - The Joynt BRISBANE, QLD Special Guests TBA
SAT 13 APR - Full Moon Party NOOSA, QLD
SUN 14 APR - Buddha Bar BYRON BAY, NSW
“Dirty Hercules” will be featured in the following SBA April playlists for:
Marcs, Jigsaw and David Lawrence
And the video will be featured in our Indie playlist
You can follow Ngaiire through links below:
and preview “Dirty Hercules” through https://soundcloud.com/heapsawill/ngaiire-dirty-hercules
Here’s the music video teaser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mV1FV0UZYHI