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No Place Is Safe

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No Place Is Safe is the debut full-length from Nia Andrews, a singer-songwriter whose unique vision and expressive aesthetics fly high over her undeniable legacy in the artistic culture of Los Angeles. Building on her beautiful voice that appeared on Solange’s #1 album A Seat at the Table, Andrews has transformed herself into a powerhouse producer in her own right. The daughter of music educator and philanthropist Reggie Andrews, she grew up immersed in the vibrant sounds of the rich musical community that he championed – including The Pharcyde, Kamasi Washington, Thundercat, and Terrace Martin.

With the release of No Place Is Safe, Nia Andrews adds an impressive new chapter to the musical narrative of Los Angeles. The album is a poignant exploration of the damage caused by chronic unacceptance and a feeling of being unseen. Pining for safety – an anchor that continues to elude her – Andrews is haunted by shadows closing in on all sides. She wrestles with the pain of not being chosen, weighed down by the exhaustion of ending after ending while the world outside burns. But as Andrews learns to find safety within herself, No Place Is Safe develops into a nuanced story of understanding, surrender, and finally – triumph.

Revealing an innate sense of musicality, Andrews’ intimate release balances between lush instrumentation and the raw beauty of her unadorned voice. She transforms sounds into symbols that augment her lyrical narrative: broken dreams, mental chaos, yearning and forgiveness. Thoughtful and exposed, the music looks you in the eye even as it questions itself.

How did we get so far from the one dream? How did we get so far from being who we are? The album’s contemplative incandescence is evident from the first measures of “The Road.” Andrews’ vocals curl around tender strums and keystrokes in “Linger,” a hushed and haunted love song.

Lo-fi electronic fuzz transforms “Call Your Name” from peaceful pretending into a muddled distortion, a sonic reflection of a relationship’s devolution. Even Andrews’ dreams are not safe. She implores herself to “Be a Smart Girl” with a syncopated warning and rhythms that run for cover. Winsome strings illuminate “Cleo and the King” with symphonic elegance and “The Ceiling” loses control in a rushing jam that climbs the walls.

No Place Is Safe is almost entirely self-made; Andrews wrote, arranged, and produced every track with few collaborators. “I didn’t begin this project intending to do so much of it myself,” she explains. “I laid down parts as ideas, but when I brought other musicians in to replace my bass or guitar parts, they were killing but I was surprised that I preferred the original parts. The imperfection of my playing just seemed to sonically serve the story of the music better and its vulnerability. I did want one song that was like a big hang with a few musicians I hold very dear and that’s ‘Seems So.’ There’s a lot of love nestled in the crevices of that tune.” The track’s jazzy riff and heavy drums dig in deep as her passionate vocals soar over the serious beats. Touching and teary-eyed, “Little Girl” is a love letter to the lost child within.

Crafted with the art of restraint and refined with honeyed harmonies, No Place is Safe aims for the mastery of the self. Through her inward search for significance, Nia Andrews reveals her compelling relevance and artistic talents – and her place creating new ground at the forefront of Los Angeles’ musical saga.

No Place Is Safe by Nia Andrews will be released via World Galaxy / Alpha Pup Records on June 21, 2019.

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released June 21, 2019

Produced and arranged by Nia Andrews *
Mixed by: Ty Macklin
Mastered by: Daddy Kev
Photography: Melodie McDaniel
Styling, art direction, graphics: Nia Andrews
Recorded in Los Angeles, CA **

* ”Seems So” arranged by Mocky and Nia Andrews
** “The Ceiling” recorded by Daniel Pampurri at NRG Studios, North Hollywood, CA

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Track Name: The Road (Intro)
How’d we get so far from the one dream
How’d we get so far from being who we are
Track Name: Linger
When you’d go away from me
I’d stay and wait for you
And when you’d sleep at night
I used to pray you still cared for me

I say I saw you dared to walk away
Though you know I knew you
Such a shame your frivolities my mind can’t erase
They deride my value

And it’ll haunt you in those quiet times when no one’s around
The silence in your sound of mind I’ll haunt you wherever you go
Was it my fault who dropped the ball when it was ready to be served
It was your turn

And now it’ll linger in the quiet of your heart
And I’ll wonder but ain’t goin’ nowhere
And I’ll whisper for all time watch it linger
That ghost is yours and mine
I’ll linger to forever
He said ‘I’ll leave her’
Though he didn’t go nowhere
Linger

Linger, linger and I’ll whisper
I ain’t goin’ nowhere
Watch it linger in the quiet of your heart
And I’ll wonder but it ain’t goin’ nowhere
Track Name: Might Be Eternity
They rarely come to the valley
If I didn’t live here would I even come and see me
Dodging my way through the alleys
Avoiding the neighbors and those I don’t wanna see

He said pour me a drink will ya
Let us take a load off imagine the both of us free
I’ll go for a walk with ya
We can tune out the world then sit under our favorite tree

Oh I don’t know when this day will end
So pull up a chair it might be eternity

Boom an unforeseen gamble
Swallowing language counting from one to three
Still find myself in a scandal
Guess it don’t matter they’ll still question your loyalty

They say pour out your eyes will ya
Put your pointer to thumb until your mind is empty
I stand in the sun with ya
Let the lotus unfurl remind myself what makes me, me

Oh I don’t know when this day will end
So pull up a chair it might be eternity
Oh I don’t know when this day will end
So pull up a chair it might be eternity
Oh I don’t know when this day will end
So pull up a chair it might be eternity
Track Name: Call Your Name
I didn’t call your name
Visiting each night in my dreams
And in the waking game
Pretending you don’t think of me
Track Name: Be a Smart Girl
All of that sweetness that swam in your mouth
Some found it harmless I had my doubts
Sift your intentions what I didn’t do
I surrendered you withdrew

What if we don’t win this
Do I get lost up in it
Can’t believe I lost all my good senses
Be a smart girl this cannot happen again

Very good show here’s a slow hand-praise
Thought it was real and now it’s too late
Coming undone from the sound of your voice
Running for cover is my only choice

What if we don’t win this
Do I get locked up in it
Can’t believe I lost all my good senses
Be a smart girl this cannot happen again
Track Name: Cleo and the King
I survived it you and I know that
I designed you but they don’t know no no

When I get scared and retreat underneath my two shells
The king waits for me brave and silently
He won’t punish me like the others have done
Like Cleo who sought the warmth of other suns
Held by an army of love in return
That he did not deserve

They don’t know but you and I do
The role of you the role of you
Perfectly casted and played by us two
Played by us two

Cleo destroys me over and over again
My grace it belied all the torment I knew as your friend
Standing for you but discarded at whim
‘til I learned to use my own legs by its end
But I’m crawling
I’m barely crawling

They don’t know but you and I do
The role of you the role of you
Perfectly casted and played by us two
Played by us two

I did not deserve it over and over again
I did not deserve it over and over again
I did not deserve it over and over again
deserve it over and over again
I did not deserve it over and over again
deserve it over and over again
over again
over again
over again
over again
Track Name: The Ceiling
I’m climbng up the wall it’s what I do it is not my fault
My mind ran wild when I couldn’t reach you
It’s twenty after one I sure do hope you had fun
While I’ve been sitting here going crazy

Never mind the texts and the thirty-four calls
And disregard the bottle on the bedroom floor
You think it’s such a problem that I don’t stay calm like they do
Like they do

Oh no there I go again boy you got me seeing red
And I can’t blame you when you go ‘cause I lose all self-control
Though it’s not an easy ride I promise I’ll be good next time
‘cause I’m feeling like I pushed you to the ceiling

The silence is so loud in here cuts through the air razor clear
It’s like the walls are caving in on me
I know you’ve had enough if I could find a way to stop
Life for you and me would be easy

Hurt people hurt people endlessly
And when I don’t feel safe I will fight for me
Even if that means that I won’t make nice like they do
Like they do

I know I go too far
But I’m trying hard to be the girl you love
I forget myself and I scream and yell
No one can put me out when I’m this fired up
Track Name: Seems So
I’m used to walking in a straighter line
I could learn to love a zig zag but it’ll take a little time
Wild and free you are but me I lost my roar
I should learn to scream sometime open up a little more

‘Cause I love how you say what you want
(hey hey)
And I love how you don’t give a mutha-
(hey hey)
And I wish I didn’t think so much
It seems so wonderful

You know that war between logic and the heart
I can tell what side you’ve won and I knew it from the start
When you said you wanna be with me until you’re older
You sure you really mean that ‘cause once I love I don’t let go

But I love how you do what you want
(hey hey)
And I love how you don’t give a mutha-
(hey hey)
And I wish I didn’t think so much
It seems so wonderful
Track Name: Little Girl
There’s a little girl
Deep inside you
She don’t trust nobody no,
Not even you but tell her

That I won’t ever fail
Fail her no
‘Cause this love is not for sale

I can let you go if you want
Let me tell you this
You’ll never find a sweeter love no
And I would be remiss not to tell you

That I won’t ever fail
Fail you no
‘Cause my love is not for sale

I won’t ever fail
Fail you no
‘Cause my love is not for sale
Track Name: Old Man
There are things that I wanna do but I don’t make plans
Don’t you see that I’m struggling here baby won’t you give me a hand
Won’t you be quiet and face all the music going through my head
And I won’t be over it ‘til I go through it and reach the end

Am I crazy
Sometimes I think I am
Or just lazy
Let me lie here ‘til I’m an old man

There are days when I’m made of iron and can’t be destroyed
But the truth is sometimes I get tired power unemployed
Where is the valor to tell you the stories running through my mind
When I can’t be honest or even wholehearted I’ll try to be kind

Am I open
I like to think I am
Or just broken
Let me lie to you like an old man

You see that I’m struggling here baby
You see that I’m struggling here baby

I’ll just lie here ‘til I’m an old man
Wake me up when I am an old man
I’ll just lie here ‘til I’m an old man
Let me lie here ‘til I’m an old man

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