Allysha Joy :: Flexes Her Power with Solo Album Acadie Raw
Veteran song weaver from the 30/70 collective explodes like a supernova on her debut solo album. I rarely listen to an album beginning to end without flinching (skipping songs). I did listen to 30/70’s Evolve that way, and still do to the point that I know I can trust sharing and recommending it without exceptions and now I am completely and utterly moved to another level by Allysha Joy’s Acadie Raw.
It’s Soul Music, it is. But it is the combination of Jazz, Hip Hop, and Funk that makes it root for me. The Jazz sets the bones of this album structurally. Her approach to creating vocals is Jazz and even on the tracks that sound like straight ahead Soul she uses the layer stacking style of vocalese, scat and rap. She raps on a few tracks with 30/70 and while I am generally a purist and never really got into the obligatory third verse rap of most modern R&B tunes, she’s a good rapper, which makes her singing expression a bit grittier and deeper.
She will be compared to Nai Palm of Haitus Kayote and the comparison makes sense. Both have emerged from New Zealand’s Neo Soul music scene, both have undeniably strong, soulful voices, at one point they shared a similar hairstyle. However, there is something in the way that Allysha Joy’s creative voice and expression that is so relatable and genuine that it feels like a conversation with a close friend over tea. It’s that real. The musicality of it all is a driving force throughout that does not falter, with head nodding backbeats and throbbing baselines it definitely inspires cranking up the stereo volume. It is like nothing that you have heard before, but it is perfectly understandable. It leaves you wanting more.
In a world where nearly everything you could ever want to listen to is literally a few clicks away being that good is saying a lot. It serves as an anthem of feminine strength, with song after song of life, love, power woven into deeply sensual melodies and structure. She roars into view with the opening track, FNFL, as you anticipate the few seconds it takes while the song winds up to hype. Next thing you know you have learned nearly all the lyrics and can be found mindlessly riffing her dope af harmony stamps. Yeah it’s real and RAW.