We love a smooth R&B tune as much as the next person, but NAO has set herself apart from the rest with ‘Girlfriend’, which now has its own set of visuals as of today.
Set up with a chilled, electronic-skewed R&B backdrop, NAO offsets the funky bass with her unmistakably sky-high voice. “If I was girlfriend could you love for two / If I was your girlfriend could you pull me through?” she asks as the rich production swells behind her stunning falsetto. Somehow refined, gritty and intimate all at once, the visuals are the ideal accompaniment for the track in their beautiful honesty. Meanwhile the bevelled edges of the frame throw us into the spectator’s chair as though peering through a window, reflecting the insightful quality of NAO’s music.
The track is the penultimate on her electrifying debut, For All We Know, which dropped on Friday. A fearless entry point for the singer-songwriter, the album is built around NAO’s unequivocally striking voice and her enticing blend of R&B, funk and electronic tones. The album also features a wealth of production talent, from past collaborator A.K. Paul to Royce Wood Junior, whose varied styles are all tied together by NAO’s own individual sound. Having already achieved rave reviews, For All We Know is only the beginning of an already impressive career for the Londoner, who will playing her biggest tour to date later this year.