Niki Kennedy takes control of her most unique qualiies, embraces them and encourages her listeners to do the same in her debut EP, The Weather Up Here. Titled after a question she frequently gets about her height, this record follows themes of self-acceptance, self- love, and self- confidence.
Featuring five fiercely diverse tracks, this jazzy-pop album is the first of its kind from New Zealand native, although penned and recorded in Niki Kennedy’s current home, Vancouver, BC.
Talking about the process of releasing her first body of music ever, Kennedy noted that, “I had a pretty clear understanding of the path I was taking and was ready to give it everything I have.”
Which is why each song off the EP is a powerhouse track in its own. With her first single, “Cheque, Please”, claiming the first spot, Kennedy’s voice welcomes listeners with a sultry and soulful tone that was unexpected. The song is playfully paired with a video that brings the scene to life, in a cabaret-like club, just like the one imagined in our heads.
Her second single, “Sweet Existence”, is a change from her first, in it’s pace, but brings the same passion and energy that we expected from Niki Kennedy. The song is nostalgic for those who have lost a love, but also brings comfort, and is hopeful for the future.
“I’m Your Girl” is a beautiful ballad that shows off Niki Kennedy’s range, emotion, and talent for songwriting. It’s almost impossible not to cry while listening to this song. Luckily, listeners’ spirits are picked up with “All I Need” and “Bringing Me Down”, tracks four and five of the EP.
Niki Kennedy pleasantly surprises listeners with The Weather Up Here, and it’s classic tone, jazzy-pop vibes, and relatable lyrics. Although this is Niki’s first release, we are already looking forward to hearing more from her.
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