On achingly tender single ‘garden‘, Dutch-Surinamese folk singer-songwriter néomí lays her soul bare.
Conjuring a pastoral scene of profound love fighting darkness, néomí’s nectarous vocals are augmented by intricate strings in a heartrending portrayal of devotion piercing through loss. Yet rays of hope persist in fragility – glimpses of her grandparents unified in transcendent love.
In gifting such arresting insight into personal grief, néomí exhibits profound maturity belying her youth. Likewise technically the track impresses: vintage folk intimacies coalesce seamlessly with textured contemporary production. With its triumphant emotional range, ‘garden‘ suggests néomí entering a rich new creative period.