British-Nigerian vocalist, producer, multi-instrumentalist and avant-pop auteur, Tony Njoku draws influence from a sprawling map of touchstones that takes in everything from Aphex Twin and early Warp Records, to trap-inspired hip-hop, spooled out hyperpop and R&B. Tony’s work has personified an artist working in sandbox mode, pushing his own boundaries and sculpting his own sonic identity.
His new single Rhododendrons is something of a metamorphosis, gently erupting into cascading strings and forceful guitars, with Tony’s distinct crooning falsetto gluing it all together. It’s indicative of an artist now completely comfortably in his own creative skin.
The accompanying video is an immersive collage of vibrant visuals, which is heavily inspired by Sergei Parajanov’s film The Colour Of Pomegranate, as well as the Rider Waite tarot deck illustrations. Teaming up with a group of actors, they help illustrate Tony’s metaphor for growth and change.
Speaking on the single / video, Tony explains: “The song is a soundtrack to my own metamorphosis. The archetype of the cocooned caterpillar and the butterfly or the flower blooming in springtime. New beginnings. The video too showcases that. A myriad of symbolic imagery, a poetic gesture as an ode to healing. It’s just an expression, pure and loving.”
“creates resplendent sonic landscapes that serve as the basis for his insightful and poignant lyricisms” – The Line of Best Fit
“The Deptford musician likes to pull down the barriers, with his expansive electronics flirting with psych and soul” – CLASH
“Exciting blends of African percussion, falsetto croons and dark synths” – FACT