On his new release “Pile,” Ntu writes:
It’s a noise-inspired track that discusses generational trauma and what it means to be Black and free.
With “Pile,” Ntu — whom we had the pleasure of seeing perform live for the first time at Abu Nights Vol. 01, created something outside his comfort zone. Visually and sonically, “Pile” is more ambitious — harsher and multifaceted. Previous tracks like “Rememory” utilize noise elements to create texture and interest. Noise in “Pile” drives the message forward.
The intense, syncopated noises beckon to genres not previously heard in Ntu’s work. The beginning is a sonic exploration of noise and metal. Some melodic solace comes with Ntu’s vocals, but it lasts for a few seconds. The track continues in a clashing battle between electronic sounds that surprise the ear and Ntu’s beautiful vocal range, which act as refuge. Yet, the song softens in its latter half. Not because the song is any more melodic, but because the formerly clashing musical pieces slowly find more rational places within the song’s texture, story, and timing. The result is a rewarding sonic experience.
“Pile” tells the story of generational trauma, which explains the intense, repetitive dissonance at the beginning. As the song develops, it seems Ntu is finding logical ways of placing those pains alongside each other. His creative talent, like the vocals in relation to the noise, are the hope of establishing new generational traditions. The pain may remain, as the noise, but the hope lies in finding rewarding ways of placing them rationally in life’s texture, story, and timing.
There’s no better way to describe Natalie Moses’ latest single than with its own title, “Windy Vanity,” other than maybe “rainy mania.” With haunting vocals over a trap beat, the Queens native perfectly encapsulates a feeling we all know too well: being crazy stuck on someone and the inability to shake it.
As she dancings around, trapped in a high rise loft with floor length windows looking out to grey and rain, the accompanying music video gives modern rapunzel vibes. Except instead of being trapped by her fat king husband, she’s trapped in her mind. In this case as the lyrics, “Call me, I want you to calm me,” convey, it’s a very specific kind of mind spiral. The kind where you’re stuck in cycles of obsession and unrequited love.
“One can become so engulfed by desire and heartache, that it consumes everything and sweeps you like a strong, uncontrollable wind. It can go so far as to enclose you in isolation, make you bedridden, and bring you to renounce your world, all in devotion of the dream that will never manifest,” writes Moses.
A far more grounded aspect of the single? A portion of proceeds raised by the bandcamp release are being donated by Moses to two community orgs. The first is the Herbal Mutual Aid Fund, founded by Yves and Good, which provides free herbal care to Black folks. The second is founded by Natalie Moses herself. Court Square Justice, is an initiative started to organize the Queens community in the fight for Black lives.