Nao has announced her highly-anticipated sophomore album ‘ Saturn’ which is set to release on October 26th. Two years after the arrival of her ground-breaking al-bum ‘For All We Know’, the sensational songstress returns in a brand new, never-before-heard dimension of her artistry. Pre-order HERE. The news of the album is accompanied by the announcement of Nao’s official world tour. Starting off in Ja-pan, she will then go on to perform in North America and Europe, concluding with a show in London’s Brixton Academy on March 28th. (Full dates below)
Nao has given a first glimpse into ‘Saturn’ with her phenomenal singles ‘Another Lifetime’ (followed by a remix by mysterious London producer Shareware), and ‘Make It Out Alive’ ft. TDE recording artist SiR. For the East London-raised Nao, this album is a transition. Saturn is about the process of embracing adulthood and contemplating the naivety of youth. It’s both a celebration of new possibilities and a
chance to reflect.
“My friends kept telling me about the term ‘Saturn Returns’. It’s this idea that Saturn takes 29 years to orbit from when you’re born and it is the planet of blessings and growth. So by the time you’re around 29, between 27 and 32, something big hap-pens in your life. It’s like waking up and coming of age, like: ‘I’ve been going through my twenties and what have I been doing in this relationship?’ What have I been doing in this job?’ You start to rethink everything - old stuff that your parents taught you or ideas that you believed in. It’s like a complete shedding of skin and it can be painful.” Nao
On ‘Saturn’, Nao is bold and experimental, eager to push things forward and un-afraid to offload ideas that have been weighing her down. On the skipping, dance-hall-flavoured banger ‘Drive and Disconnect’, she raps of her desire to optimise her moment, to power positively forward and swerve the distractions of the modern world. The slinky, pitch-black R&B track ‘Make It Out Alive’ on the other hand, confronts the kind of drama that haunts you for years. “I feel like everybody has a dose of that in their life.” she comments. “For me, it’s like in the middle of the night, when I can’t sleep and my mind is swilling and sometimes it can get too extreme. You feel like you can’t make it out.”
There’s a real sense push and pull to Saturn — it’s complex and conflicted, but there’s a pervading optimism that makes it timeless, just like Nao herself. “It’s not just about heartbreak, it’s a sense of rebirth,” she says. “It’s soul-searching, you know?”