Her calling card is clear-eyed storytelling that, like the wise best friend in a rom-com, pinpoints precisely why a romance failed or succeeded. Her best songs accent that clarity with narrative or vocal contrasts often provided by guests, but sometimes Aiko herself , but on Chilombo the formula is pushed to its limit. Compared to the multimedia odyssey of Trip , which was accompanied by a poetry book and short film , Chilombo is leaner and more grounded.
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An hour after learning she was up for some of the biggest awards of her career — including Album of the Year for her third record, the curative Chilombo — Aiko found out that her uncle had passed away. To be honest, it was a weird, out-of-body kind of moment, which is usually how I live my life. Typically, Aiko responds to big events — both good and bad — with a sense of confusion. The difference in making Chilombo , though, was in finally recognizing her own power as an artist, thanks to the feedback she received from fans. One of the methods Aiko decided to incorporate into each song was the use of sound bowls. Not only could people listen to it and relate, it could also balance out different parts of their body, [make them] feel better, and have it actually be an experience to listen to the songs. And it's really about pushing through and finding that fire and that energy to continue on your journey.
Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. Hair by Jazmine Harris. Makeup by Juanice Reed. Her hope was to open up different chakras within the human body. Chilombo is, however, Aiko at her most confident in the practice.
Recorded as a freestyle in Hawaii , the album was inspired by the island's natural landscape and features traditional singing bowls to create a tranquil effect. In order to create her desired sound, Aiko served as the album's executive producer, enlisting the help of long time collaborators Fisticuffs and Lejkeys, who produced eighteen of the album's songs. Chilombo received generally positive reviews from critics and was a commercial success. The album debuted at number two on the US Billboard chart, earning , album-equivalent units in its first week. Two years after the release of her second studio album Trip , Aiko announced she had begun work on the follow up album. She revealed that her third album would only consist of freestyles and focus on relationships, stating "my next album is all freestyles where i touch on many subjects and relationships