If you’re searching for the best music to listen to during self-isolation, NIKI has got some good news for you.
On April 2, the 21-year-old instrumentalist, songwriter and producer dropped her brand-new single “Switchblade,” via 88rising and 12Tone Music. The music video for the synth-heavy track features NIKI exploring a surreal, naturalist dreamscape as she sings, “The winds of change have nothing on this switchblade faith.”
“Switchblade” sets the tone for NIKI’s debut, 10-song album “Moonchild,” which is scheduled to hit shelves this summer. In a press release, the Indonesian artist explains that she’s been working on the album for almost two years now. “This single marks the beginning of ‘Moonchild’’s sonic journey, which is ironic because it was one of the last songs I wrote for the album,” NIKI says. “‘Switchblade’ represents an ironclad attitude and outlook—conquering whatever you want, whatever is in your vicinity or in your way. Your ‘switchblade faith’ allows you to accomplish anything!”
NIKI earned wide critical acclaim with her first EP, “Zephyr,” in 2018, and has since garnered a large, dedicated fanbase, climbing music charts both in the U.S. and abroad. She was scheduled to perform at 88rising’s Head in the Clouds Jakarta event in March 2020, but the festival was unfortunately postponed due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak.
You can check out “Switchblade” here.