N A D J A
Nadja, the duo of Aidan Baker and Leah Buckareff, have built a considerable reputation for themselves within heavy music, carving out their own entire niche. Admittedly, the duo employ many of the stylistic trademarks of the doom metal format, but it is how they have reconfigured them so effortless that has sustained over a decade’s worth of experiments and impressive amount of releases. Perhaps more than any other ‘power-ambient’ band, Nadja are most importantly about the melody, which owes more to the darkwave/dream-pop scene than the drone-doom bastardisation. As thundering drums pound and bash at a funeral pace, gargantuan walls of fuzz
shimmer with a radiant amount of melody, often redemptive and near dawn in colour. Reverb gated vocals writhe in and of a storm of field recordings, synth pads and subsonic bass. It is heavy mix that can completely swallow the listener, like a brilliant opiate. The result sound more like Lycia pushed through a thousand overblown amps than the regularly cited Sunn O))), but Nadja have and will continue have their own entirely instantly recognisable sound.