Brooklyn’s nouveau soul singer/songwriter Candice Anitra announces the release of the double EP, Narcissus // Echo, on July 17th.
In the pursuit of 21st century happiness through social media likes, material possessions, wealth and power, we can become self-absorbed and spiritually discordant. Evolving from a self-centered experience into a place of connectedness and awareness, singer-songwriter Candice Anitra has molded an affirming work of art awash in broad strokes of soul, pop, funk, and rock. She emerges born again in the form of her dynamic aural diptych EP modeled on the epic saga of Greek mythological characters Narcissus and Echo, It is a sonic altar of confessionals, epiphanies, and redemption songs.
“The EPs are mirrors into the dark spots and the shadowed self,” Candice Anitra explains. More than anything, she is aware that the project is an urgent conversation piece reflecting the society we have become. “We need to talk,” she says with an air of immediacy. “We need to be uncomfortable for a little bit.”
Candice Anitra called on producer Joel Hamilton (Matisyahu, Talib Kweli, Nina Simone), who worked with her on two full-lengths - Bark Then Bite & Big Tree, to help steer the ship in the studio. Mining the story of Narcissus, a Greek mythological character whose adoration with his own reflection proved to be his own demise, the first EP delves into the paradoxical and cyclical relationship between cause and effect. “Narcissus is self reflective,” explains Candice Anitra. It’s understanding how the same patterns keep coming up in life and how you contribute to that.”
While the first half is all brand new material, the second, Echo, functions as a micro-retrospective sonic narrative of Candice Anitra’s marvelous path as a recording artist. Named after a mythological Greek nymph, the EP conversely forays into solution-based territory and pursues a conversation with self.
The artist has historically been charged with the task of ushering in necessary shifts and elevations in humanity. Candice Anitra’s music and artistry undoubtedly exhibit the vision, vulnerability and depth of field necessary to lead the charge. And her new dual EP, Narcissus // Echo, unequivocally speaks to the heart of the matter. “I’m holding up a mirror. That’s the root. I want people to deconstruct all that, put it all back together again, and create some new ways of being in the process. It’s about time. It’s overdue.”
“'Woman' proves to be a sultry infusion of soul, pop and funk with memorising vocals and thoughtful, soul-searching lyrics, and it is clear that the rest of Narcissus / Echo will similarly demonstrate Candice Anitra's raw talent and artistic creativity.” — Next2Shine
"sure to be a musical masterpiece." — SoulBounce