Songs you need to hear: ‘Namu’ by Aasiva
One of the most exciting artists on the Jerry Cans’ Aakuluk Music imprint released a brand new single last Thursday, and we’re loving it here at Roots Music Canada.
Aasiva’s “Namu” is a lush, atmospheric electronica number that will almost certainly appeal to fans of Riit’s “ataataga.”
This is Aasiva’s first release since her self-titled debut album in 2018, which was nominated for Best New Artist and Best Folk Album at the 2019 Indigenous Music Awards. Aasiva showcased it at Breakout West in the Yukon, and received over 200,000 streams on Spotify. That same year, Aasiva performed and led youth workshops across the north and toured internationally to the Migration Music Festival in Taipei, Taiwan.
Produced by Jace Lasek (Wolf Parade, The Jerry Cans, Stars), “Namu” shimmers with an electro sound that incorporates lo-fi guitars, beatboxing courtesy of FxckMr, and a nod to ‘90’s production.
“I wrote this song while I was in Nunavik for a festival,” Aasiva said in a news release about the song. “This was at the very beginning of my independent artist career and I had many shows lined up. I was very excited to be an artist full-time, and I just kept wondering, where will my music take me?
Also, I feel like this is a question that we often ask ourselves: ‘Where are we going? What are we going to do next?’ That was my inspiration for this song.”
With songs like this, Aasiva, who is originally from Panniqtuuq, Nunavut, is most definitely going places.