Through cavernous lows, blissful highs and globe-trotting adventures, music has been by Nadia Reid's side the entire way. Whether in New Zealand's familiar rugged beaches and mountains, brutally windy Wellington, her hometown harbor Port Chalmers or the untrodden territory of faceless hotel rooms or the jungle in Kuala Lumpur, every episode of loss, heartbreak, and disappointment glimmers on her second full-length effort Preservation.
An ode to self-reflection and self-betterment, Preservation is the sound of Nadia showing her true colors, taking back a bit of power, and learning more about herself. Deeply intellectual but felt by all, it punches harder than before. Nadia's beautifully warm vocals coolly wrap around feelings of turbulence, and exude a gently improved confidence. Returning to the production skills of Ben Edwards in his Sitting Room studios and long term guitarist Sam Taylor, this time around everything is rubbed in more grit and channels Reid's deftly profound take on life and whilst we already knew it, her own realization that it is music which drives her.
Rather than growth in its most typical sense of any artist finding their way in the world, Preservation marks a natural passing of time – what you pick up along the way is a bonus.