Nigerian singer Asa is ready to bring her unique sound to American shores for the release of her sophomore album, Beautiful Imperfection. While her self-titled debut album combined a darker tone with a political undercurrent, her latest album combines 60’s soul, blues, pop, and rock into an uplifting sound that feels familiar but never derivative. The opening track, “Why Can’t We,” sets the tone for the rest of the album. It’s upbeat, soulful, and damn catchy. Her sunny demeanor is infectious, and I guarantee that it will lift you out of even the bleakest of moods.
Beautiful Imperfection is set for a September 6 release in the US (Naïve Records). If you can’t wait that long, and you happen to live in New York or L.A., Asa will be visiting both cities on her US tour (tour dates listed after the jump). Listen to “Why Can’t We” below, and click here to download the track.