Think Nina Simone and Etta James, and you’re already half way there to being in love with this sound. Moorea Masa is set to release her debut album, ‘Shine A Light’ on May 11th, and we’ve just had the new track ‘Ever Moving’ come through. It’s hypnotically irresistible.
Songs have always been there for Moorea Masa (pronounced More-ray-uh Mah-sa), being raised in the musical mecca of Portland, Oregon; She is the daughter of an Italian immigrant father and an African-American mother born abroad. Singer, songwriter, and guitarist, she’s been making music for as long as she can remember. At the tender age of fifteen she was already looking for chances to perform. She would sneak into local clubs, where she was lovingly adopted into the vibrant community of Portland musicians.
‘Shine A Light’ was co-produced by Jeremy Most and thoughtfully explores topics such as love, loss, hidden pain, and the politics of being a woman. Speaking about the new record, she explained, “‘Shine A Light’ comes from the depths of a sometimes-troubled childhood and expresses a belief that the unexamined life is not worth living”.
Moorea Masa shares her heart with her music. “This year I’ve really been digging deep into my history, my own learning lessons, and the state of the world. I feel like I took a light and shined it into all the darkness and beauty that I was too scared to look at”. At times it’s bright and hopeful, at others it’s dark and mournful. Her music as a whole is an exquisitely-crafted gem that reveals a new gleaming facet upon every listen.