So, we’ve got a little exclusive for you here. London-based singer Azu is releasing his ‘The Economist EP’ on Monday, so here’s the premiere of the closing track from the record, the soul-infused “Wall Street Crash”. Drawing on influences such as Prince and Seal, the instrumentation here is simplistic, but the guitar and light percussion provide the necessary foundation for Azu to show off his rich voice and poignant lyrics. I caught up with Azu to have a chat about the track as well as the EP as a whole. Catch the track below, and the interview as well as some live dates after the jump. Very excited about this guy, hopefully there’s gonna be even more high-quality material from this guy in the near future.
You’re releasing The Economist EP on Monday, how does that feel?
Feels exciting, but at the same time, there’s a fair bit of anxiety. No one’s ever heard these songs so it’ll be interesting to see how it’s received.
Whats the vibe of the EP musically and lyrically?
Musically, it’s an acoustic EP – very natural sounding: acoustic guitars and some percussion, a bit of bass.
Lyrically, it’s a concept EP. I have used economic ideas (Economics, Wall Street Crash and Black Market are all song titles) to express my point.
For example, the song ‘Economics’ is questioning the value of honesty… Is there a point at which honesty can be destructive?
What’s the song “Wall Street Crash” about?
Wall Street Crash is a song about betrayal. In this case however, the person was also betrayed by the same person they betrayed me for – I had a good laugh!
Where can we get the EP?
Its available on 13th Feb as a free download.
Azu is playing The Dublin Castle, Camden on the 13th Feb & The Troubadour, Earls Court on the 28th Feb.