Raveena is Soul, Culture, & Individualism in One: ‘Shanti’ EP Review

As I was conducting my daily music dig, I came across Raveena Aurora from New York City. Her bio on her social media sites didn’t have much (nor did her own website); actually the only thing you’d find is a link to her performing at A COLORS SHOW. With a baby blue background that welcomes you like the ocean’s water, Raveena performed her record “If Only“; a song presented by an immediately encapsulating artist with a wavy voice, who talks about a past lover that just can’t get over her. After 3 minutes and 21 seconds I dug a bit deeper and found her Shanti EP on Soundcloud, which revealed much more about her than anything she’s typed online.

Shanti is a 6-track EP that exudes confidence, soul, love and nostalgia in 21 minutes and 10 seconds exactly (that’s three rotations while in Los Angeles traffic). While you’re swerving through cars and completely pissed off at the person who abruptly cut you off, Raveena’s voice has the ability to drive your mood in an 180 degree turnaround.

After sailing through “If Only“, the forthcoming record “Love Child” takes a more funkadelic turn as it seems like Raveena is talking about a new person in her life. Track 3, “Sweet Time“, which Raveena also created a music video to, sounds like an early 2000’s record with one difference maker in the instrumentation: a harp. It’s one of the most prominent sounds of the production, and it exemplifies Raveena’s willingness to embrace her cultural influence. Harps link back to Asian, European, and African countries, and is an uncommon lead instrument in R&B emanating from the United States. Therefore, the harp alone signifies a major role in her individualistic and cultural approach in her record.

Shanti is a project that’ll open your eyes and ears to an entirely different culture that doesn’t seem so different. As humans we’re quick to draw differentiations between cultures, but music seems to be one thing that unites us. Capitalizing on that point, Raveena provides an essence of her background that fuses her cultural upbringings and R&B. Though not everyone is able to relate to Raveena from a cultural standpoint, we’re able to relate to her as an individual who’s felt love, in need of love, or simply loves love, through her music.

Her sound reminds me of Yuna and India Arie. She’s a rebel in that sense by avoiding today’s popular sound. While majority of artists want to capitalize on songs that entice you to party accompanied by a heavy kick/snare rotation, the New York songstress digs deep into your soul and entices you to externalize your feels.

Raveena has bars, and her Shanti EP slaps.

If you want to get a glimpse of what goes through Raveena’s head, you’ll want to follower her Tumblr.

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