SOME NIGHTS I DREAM OF DOORS OUT NOW VIA SEPTEMBER RECORDINGS
Following the release of his highly anticipated debut album Some Nights I Dream of Doors via September Recordings, London-based Nigerian artist Obongjayar officially shares a new video for the album track “New Man,” shot in Lagos and directed by Chukwuka Nwobi. Released to high praise, Some Nights I Dream of Doors was recently featured by Audiomack and Vulture as one of the Best Albums of 2022 so far, with Vulture’s Craig Jenkins describing his delivery on the project as “a voice like a Swiss Army knife and a pen game every bit as sharp.” Across its twelve tracks, Obongjayar skillfully navigates through rich soundscapes and subcultures while exploring a wealth of personal and political topics. With time being a central theme of the album, we find an artist reflecting on his journey so far, crafting multidimensional sounds that fall between the cracks of a multitude of genres.
Speaking about the album’s inception Obongjayar writes: “This album dives into the idea of opportunity and tries to explore what that means, what lies behind those doors, and asks if we’re ready for it. The pursuit of success, what happens when you achieve it, and what happens if you don’t? What does success mean? The head, the body, and the end of a dream. Opportunity is looking forward, and in that lies the question of time. What is your place in it? To know the future, or to fully be aware of your present, you need to analyze and understand your past. It’s an endless loop that continuously piles on itself”
Having garnered attention throughout 2021 by drip-feeding music in the shape of singles “Message In A Hammer,” “Try,” and this year’s “Tinko Tinko (Don’t Play Me For A Fool)” as well as show-stopping collaborations with Little Simz on the track “Point and Kill“, Pa Salieu on “Style & Fashion” and a full EP with influential Nigerian producer Sarz entitled Sweetness – it’s hard to believe that Obongjayar has only just released his debut full-length album. In the years that have passed since he released his first single, his music still defies easy categorization. His musical palette is expansive, with a nod to the rich musical textures of his Nigerian roots, he adds a multitude of influences and on Some Nights I Dream Of Doors his sound is more potent than ever. Recorded over 12 months with producer Barney Lister (and from J Rick on ‘All The Difference), he’s created an album that transcends its influence, creating an innovative and fresh body of work that is ready to define 2022.
Later this year, Obongjayar will take his incendiary live performance to stages across the UK and Europe, following on from his support of Little Simz’s tour that closed 2021. Tickets and more information can be found here.
Watch “New Man” and listen to Some Nights I Dream of Doors above, find full album details and tour routing below and stay tuned for more from Obongjayar soon.