Rising Canadian singer, songwriter, and producer Naliya gets vulnerable on the heartfelt new single “Detached”, out today via Immersive / Sandlot / Interscope Records. Following the carefree “Trippin,” released to acclaim earlier this month, the pop phenom exposes her softer side on the silky electro-R&B lament.
“Detached” is heavy in meaning yet light and airy in feeling. “The song is about being with somebody, but not being fully present with them,” Naliya explains. Her lyrics are straightforward and self-aware as she lays out an all-too-familiar question. “How am I supposed to know if you’re the one yet?” she sings over a stirring keyboard line. With help from co-writer and co-producer Nick Sarazen, Naliya holds space for every word and sound, building from a minimalist groove from minimalist to a multi-layered arrangement, giving as much weight to her hypnotic beats as her honeyed vocals.
“Detached” shows Naliya’s growing confidence and versatility as both a singer and producer, following a definitive year that included her Interscope debut, “Handshakes,” along with electro-pop gems “Roller Coaster,” “Whatever,” and “Le Ciel”—all of which have received critical praise, including a feature in UPROXX’s “Best New Pop Music This Week” roundup. With singles as vibrant and varied as these, she’s demonstrating that she’s quickly developed one of pop’s most flexible and vulnerable voices.