Albums like NIIKA’s Close But Not Too Close are the reviewer’s most disconcerting challenges. Listening to this album is like opening a treasure made of so many valuables that the whole sensorial experience is paradoxically unspeakable.
That being said, let us not use this unspeakable reality as an excuse. Pleasures of this kind, when kept, are nothing but halved in the end.
The artist’s promise is the following:
A genre-bending, continent-crossing, soft explosion of intimate indie, soul, and dirty pop.
Let’s see how Chicago’s vibrant scene managed to conquer our soul again, before next time, as it is usually a matter of days.