UK-based musician ANDRO has just released a highly anticipated three-track EP Conflict. Funded by PRS Foundation’s new platform POWER UP, a scheme to boost the profiles of artists of colour in the UK music industry, the new EP, features the delicate new single titled ‘New Home’ as well as the two previous singles ‘Physical’ and ‘Natural’.
Known for his work as part of the acclaimed Mercury-nominated band JUNGLE for seven years, ANDRO has now established himself as an exciting up-and-coming solo artist. During his time with JUNGLE, ANDRO performed at some of the world’s biggest music festivals, including Glastonbury Festival and Coachella, and across several TV shows, such as the Stephen Colbert Show and Jools Holland.
With the release of ‘Conflict’, ANDRO’s solo career continues to gain momentum. The EP showcases his diverse musical range, featuring the 80s-influenced “Natural”, the pop-infused “Physical”, and the restrained melancholy of ‘New Home’. The EP’s closing track, ‘New Home’, is a personal offering that builds from a piano-led ballad under ANDRO’s effortless soaring vocals to layers of warming synths and crunching lo-fi beats, before spreading its wings in the last chorus into a stunning choral climax.
Speaking about the EP, Andro explains: “The 3 tracks on the EP, symbolise Present, Past and Future conflicts. ‘Natural’ is the present, Physical’ is the past and ‘New Home’ is the future.
I think the tracks are powerful enough to stand alone, and as a 3 – it’s the triquetra of conflicts that we experience in our everyday lives through work, love, family, friends and more.
‘Natural’ represents the conflict in myself and romantic relationships. ‘Physical’ represents the emotional, literal-physical conflict between my parents and how that affected me. And the 3rd single, leading the EP – ‘New Home’ represents the conflict with my future, finding my space in the world, the industry and also facing homelessness.
When people listen to these songs, I hope that they find themselves meshed in the lyrics and the experience of conflict (and hope) that so many of us have had in our relationships to others and ourselves.”