Lorine Chia covers you in sonic velvet
With only one listen, it is evident that Lorine Chia is a beautiful soul. Her voice is nostalgic and has the same kind of velvety texture that only was heard on your father’s soul vinyls. Her music offers a rare kind of authenticity that makes you feel an immediate connection with her, as if she was performing a concert for one in your headphones.
“Purple” is a delightful mash-up of styles. Over a trap beat produced by C4 BOMBS, Lorine’s voice floats to a powerful chorus, at intermittently teasing her more hip-hop chops. As her voice dies down to a more conversational tone, she almost magically shifts back to her Cameroonian echoes and riffs the ends of her lines.
Dealing with Lorine saying farewell to her past life, she offers lyrics of self learned wisdom and conflict. “See the world for whatever it shows,” and “try me bitch, I’m about to explode,” show her bargaining with her newfound success and her proximity to her dreams coming true. Lorine deals with her propinquity to her aims and the mesmerizing gifts this world affords her, like seeing the world and experiencing new fineries, but stays grounded. “Yes, I do this for my granny, though.”
This is one of my favorite R&B tracks in a very long time. To put it un-eloquently, Lorine Chia has the voice of an angel, and the whole world deserves to hear her sing.
Stream the new visual for “Purple” here: