There are times when we use the word unique too often, but when it comes to Nashville-based trio, NAWAS, unique is accurate. The band, originally from Louisiana, have put together 6-song EP, Trouble, that is blurring the lines of genres and gender-normal vocals. Singer-songwriter Jake Nawas, guitarist Ben McDaniel and drummer Joey Gonzales are taking some traditional R&B riffs adding updated percussion and synth beats to distorted, falsetto vocals.
NAWAS is, while still inventive, a sound that is infectious and chill that conjures memories of Prince melded with a toe-tapping melodies of Odesza. It is impossible not to bob your head along to the beats and feel the rhythm of the waxing and waning vocals. And the layering of the synths with the haunting guitars and effeminate vocals is an awesome divergence from the Top 40 that keeps their sound fresh. Every replay of Trouble is an infinite loop of cosmic, aural love.
And try not to get caught up on the music and vocals, because the lyrics are dark and heartbreaking. The title of the EP, Trouble, is an apt name. Each of the tracks has that theme running through it. The single, “Who Are You”, is fraught with jealousy and infidelity. And “Trouble” is pretty self-explanatory with the Jake Nawas crooning, “Trouble always follows me”. It spell it out for you.
Sometimes being different can be detrimental, but in the case of NAWAS, it is an opportunity to change the industry. The trio is ready for more with their truly unique style. Trouble is not a personal anthem, but a mantra and a warning to the establishment. NAWAS is here. Beware.
You can pick up the latest EP, Trouble by NAWAS, on iTunes now. And do not forget to check out the music video for their lead single, “Who Are You” below!