[Cover photo credit to Monika Oliver]
Los Angeles-based Bangladeshi-American musician Nadu has shared his new single and video “Good To Me,“ the first track from his forthcoming album 16, out in February 2023. Mastered by Sarah Register (The Shins, Dodos, Big Thief), the album spans genres from Alternative, Indie, Indie Pop, and Jazz Fusion, to Post Punk and Surf Rock, with “lots of synths”. The new song focuses on the joy of being in a trusting relationship and the fear of losing it.
The chorus and refrain ‘Be good to me // I can’t take it’ is alluding to that dichotomy of feeling. I wrote this song about being with my partner, who is still mad that I mentioned them ever having had ‘coffee breath’.
Nadu is known for hard-hitting vocals in live performances, beginning with two self-released EPs in 2017 and 2020. He made the move to the U.S. as a teenager, surviving on service jobs through school, ending up in an office cubicle. Songwriting drew him to leave that culture and make music full time, a luxury his childhood did not afford.
The new album, 16, has evolved into a “complex landscape”, and covers topics like “intimacy, immigration and an underlying urgency to solve everything”. He has been playing Los Angeles shows non-stop, including festivals Happy Sundays, Echo Park Rising, and June Bloom, along with West Coast and Midwest tours.