Nicki Wells shares evocative Bulgarian folk-inspired single ‘I Have Longed To Be Here’
Ahead of poignant Ellipsis LP
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‘I Have Longed To Be Here’ is the latest single from the forthcoming debut album Ellipsis from Nicki Wells, following her recent singles ‘Carry On’ and ‘You’re Alright Kid’.
Showcasing her spectacular vocals and drawing influences from Indian classical and Bulgarian folk music, ‘I Have Longed To Be Here’ shows another side to this talented artist. The songwriter, composer, producer and singer, who travelled the world as part of Nitin Sawhney's band, is swiftly establishing herself in her own right as a classic English songwriter with a unique vocal talent. Nicki has already gained support from the likes of Songwriting Magazine, Notion, BBC 6Music’s Chris Hawkins, BBC Introducing and many more. Her sound is simply beautiful, traversing styles of chill, emotional, dreamy, orchestral, folk, singer-songwriter and meditative.
Of the new single, Nicki Wells shares this introspective insight: “I Have Longed To Be Here is about the notion that we have consciously or unconsciously chosen to be exactly where we are right now from the choices that life has presented. The good, the difficult, and everything in between."
‘I Have Longed To Be Here’ was written and produced by Nicki Wells, with mixing by Luke Potashnick and mastered by Nigel Watson at Edit Suite.
The peaceful and dramatic footage set deep in the mountainous countryside was created and edited by Ananya Tanttu.
Singer, songwriter and composer Nicki Wells followed her 1st class honours degree in Music touring as a featured vocalist in Nitin Sawhney’s band. She has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious venues from London’s Royal Albert Hall and Sydney Opera House to Glastonbury’s main Pyramid Stage. Her voice has contributed to a number of films including Andy Serkis’s Mowgli, Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children, Renny Harlin’s The Legend of Hercules and was a major part of the scores of BBC Documentaries such as The Human Planet series. Her first solo album Ocean was released in 2018 under the pseudonym TURYA (listen to TURYA on Spotify).
As a Composer in her own right, Nicki scored for Tanika Gupta’s theatrical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, Howard Brenton’s play Drawing the Line, receiving critical acclaim. She co-composed the score to Khyentse Norbu’s feature film Vara - A Blessing and has also composed five of contemporary dancer Aakash Odedra’s shows, which have featured in venues like Sadlers Wells, Royal Opera House and Edinburgh Fringe Festival, (winning the Amnesty International Award for the politically conscious show #JeSuis). Nicki also composed the score to documentary filmmaker Koen Suidgeest’s Girl Connected and then joined forces with renowned sitarist Anoushka Shankar to compose the score for upcoming documentary film about the Dalai Lama An Officer and His Holiness.
Nicki collaborated once again with dancer Aakash Odedra and Chinese dancer, Hu Shenyuan, composing the score and performing in the new epic production of Samsara which premiered in the Melbourne Arts Centre in 2020. Nicki also composed the music for legendary Kathak dancer Aditi Mangaldas’ show Forbidden, due to premiere in Mumbai, India in 2022.
During the pandemic, Nicki created a multitude of new material, including her much anticipated first solo studio album Ellipsis LP set for release in early 2023.
Source Olivia Rayner
February 6, 2023 9:46am ET by Olivia Rayner