Nigerian singer-songwriter Tay Iwar has dropped his hotly anticipated new EP Love & Isolation.
Amidst a chaotic world forced into lockdown, Love & Isolation is a deeply personal EP and an ode to self-healing. The release see’s Tay produce three of its five tracks, with Jeffrey Rashad and Insightful co-producing the other two, and also signifies a sonic shift for Tay towards a more romance-tinged R&B vibe, with opener and new single ‘YOGA’, a smooth, seductive slow jam, perfectly encapsulating this. ‘STONES’ is a more sombre, heartfelt affair, as is the downbeat charm of ‘FEEL’. Next up is the reflective but majestic ballad ‘THINKING’ before recent single ‘PEAKING’ closes things out with the kind of energy that typifies the EP – smooth, soulful and emotionally driven.
“This EP is the transition from an era to another era for me” Iwar explains; “There’s almost nothing linking this project to the last one, besides me, the artist because this is a slow style, more romantic than I’ve ever done before. The intention is for people to feel and tap into themselves. It’s a perfect self-healing EP post-pandemic.”
Dubbed ‘Nigeria’s most reclusive musician’ by OkayAfrica, Tay Iwar is an artist, singer-songwriter, sound engineer and record producer who shot to fame in 2014 with acclaimed debut EP Passport. He followed this up with his debut album Gemini in 2019, released in partnership with Soulection, and Gold, the 8-track collaborative EP alongside Le Mav. Having since produced and featured on tracks for Odunsi (The Engine), Lady Donli, Santi and Juls to name a few, the Nigerian has received support from Complex, Clash, Beats1 Radio and Rinse FM among several prominent platforms.
A mature, contemplative release, Love & Isolation represents a new chapter in the ever-diversifying story of Tay Iwar.