Ribbon of Water by Andrea WardRelease date: February 3, 2023
It just might be a special treat to see and hear NYC artist Andrea Ward live on stage. After all, Ward is a multi-instrumentalist, choreographer, dancer, and filmmaker. She adds to the list also “untethered mystic”.
Yet, her latest album Ribbon of Water might do just as well, as Ward is able to paint musical images that can supplement (well, at least partially), what we cannot see while listening to it.
Ward is another of those modern artists that keep on drawing her musical inspiration from as many sources as she possibly can. It is quite a long list of sub-genres from Scandinavian pop and rock sounds, particularly Iceland and Norway to alternative pop, permanent wave to true New York avant-garde.
And as a dancer and choreographer, it seems that while writing her music, Ward has the movement images in her head which she tries, and succeeds in transforming into music. Those movements sound as if they could be quite intriguing to see.
“The album is influenced by water, and water is the ultimate guide for letting go, for yielding to forces beyond our control. I developed injuries this year and came to a point where my body broke down from anything, and my voice as well. Unable to do a lot of things and unable to speak, I was forced to relinquish control of life, and just flow,” explains Ward.
Luckily for her and the listeners, there is that melodic and rhythmic ebb and flow in Ward’s music that makes Ribbon of Water such an inviting listen.