Swedish-Iranian artist Ayelle has released her NOMAD Mixtape, where the artist bares all. The R&B pop album features collaborations with friend Rationale, as well as production cuts from Stavros, Lucas Nord & The Elements.
NOMAD “is a collection of songs written over the past two years whilst I’ve been traveling almost every 2-3 weeks to places like London, New York, Los Angeles, Texas, Valencia, Barcelona, Bali, Cambodia, Vietnam, Stockholm, and Amsterdam to name a few. Throughout my life, I’ve never felt fully rooted anywhere. I grew up in Sweden and Spain, I’m half Iranian, I lived in London for 7 years and my family is spread across the globe. On my dad’s side, my family comes from a nomadic tribe called ‘Qashqai’ and this resonates with me a lot as I can never seem to stay in one place for too long. Every song on this mixtape represents a part of that journey and something I’ve learnt about myself, or something I’m still trying to figure out.”
In “Overtime” the singer-songwriter explores her feelings about herself (or the narrator) within a relationship.
“You make me better/Yes there I said it.”
At first glance, the lyrics alone could sound like a good thing, that she’s feeling good about herself, but matched with the tone of the song, it’s clear that there’s a possibility of losing herself by merging into the relationship.
“Isn’t it just so damn easy/Being with you I feel like I might not need me.”
That tendency to explore a range of topics like self-worth and power dynamics within relationships is one consistent factor in Ayelle’s music. The emotive vocals with compelling, vulnerable lyrics, creates beautiful-and sometimes bittersweet-music that we can all relate to.
Speaking on the mixtape, Ayelle shared:
“The mixtape is a collection of songs written over the past two years and an intimate self-reflection where the listener is invited to explore feelings that are sometimes uncomfortable yet essential to one’s fueled growth. It is an invitation to be fearless and step out of one’s comfort zone, whether that means physically in the form of travel or emotionally in one’s relationships and personal experiences.”
In 2019 Ayelle was signed to Universal Music Publishing US. She currently reaches over 457,000 listeners on Spotify alone. In addition to making music, Ayelle also leads some online workshops and op-eds on mental health and self-care with Global women’s music groups She Said So, Women In Music and Her Campus.