Blessing Tangban is a Nigerian born acoustic singer/songwriter based in New Orleans LA; home of delicious crawfish, Bourbon Street, and crazy Mardi Gras. She says that she loves to write songs about matters that attempt to explain our everyday existence on planet earth.
The warbling melodies and stark instrumentation by Blessing Tangban on her Ep, “Nowhere Girl” makes for an intense listen. And when you’ve gotten used to Blessing and her style, every track on the Ep will fit you like a sumptuous slipper. The absolute beauty of her music is worlds apart from what you hear on the radio.
There are hardly any other songs being written or sung like this today. Blessing has the ability to paint pictures of her journeys through life that intrigue and fascinate us. Her songs are simply a joy to listen to. Her voice is comfortable and welcoming, while her vocal range is both gentle and impressive.
Armed with just an acoustic guitar, the single strongest aspect of Blessing Tangban’s songwriting is her ability to evoke a mood by the use of little nuances through her vocals. You’ll often find yourself contemplating what she is singing about. Her voice emits the same angelic aura with which Norah Jones has entranced millions of fans.
While instrumentally spare, the lyrics and melodies that comprise “Nowhere Girl” are uncommonly rich, somehow grabbing one’s attention immediately, then revealing even more upon repeated listening. The small flickers of genius that can be traced after a few listens expand into wide, gaping crevasses of blinding beauty once you become fully acquainted with this Ep.
The Ep consists of five songs. Which is the best? Well, which is your favorite finger? The answer is impossible because each and every song on here is unique and gorgeous in its own way. However to be honest, I particularly enjoyed “Revolution”, “Fly On Your Wall” and “Harrison”.
Blessing Tangban’s music harkens back to the sheer quality and depth of the singer songwriters of the late 1960s early 70s. It was a time when there was a massive wave of clever, sophisticated musicians with plenty to say, plus the talent and technique to express themselves perfectly.
What really makes “Nowhere Girl” so fresh-sounding though, is its wonderful minimalism – less really is more in this case. These songs feature simple acoustic guitars leading to a sparse yet beautifully played sound and gently, captivating vocals.
Blessing Tangban has created a lyrical and musical feast, subtle yet sophisticated, easy listening, yet profound and sometimes even a little disturbing; “Nowhere Girl” certainly deserves to be discovered by a generation of thoughtful music fans.