I feel like I say this a lot, and so it's probably a tad watered-down, but Nima’s really one of my favorites. Her DIY, keyboard-plus-beats-plus-voice music sounds like cotton candy and guts. Spirit Sign is her third or fourth album, self-released today, and it's the one with the crispest sound, as hazily explained in the release's accompanying description:
Clarity in constructed tendency, uncompromising ratios for the human ear: emphasis on analogue synths without use of midi. Fleeting experiences: emphasis on digital synths without use of midi. Synthesis of outputs present simultaneously to not hinder semantics when audible ((received)).
She's got such an unusual vibe, it's hard to nail down how it makes you feel. Happy-sounding standouts are "Balcony," "Butterscotch" and "Halo Blinks Pt. 2"—three of her brightest songs to date. Top downer is "Spirit Sound," its mega-reverb closer to her older sound. "Landscapes" is a continent unto itself. Gonna be a fun record to unpack.