Niia’s soulful ballad “Sideline” follows last month’s release “Hurt You First.” Her latest from debut album I — produced by Rhye’s Robin Hannibal — is a suspenseful single with sultry vocals and elegant orchestral accompaniments. “Sideline” tells the tale of a complicated relationship and a conflicted narrator, thinking that she’s giving more than receiving. Affecting strings articulate distress and horns convey yearning. Niia contemplates an ideal chronology as she cries, “Keep waiting for the right time as you keep me on the sideline/ I’m sick of all this trying as I watch you drift further away.” Listen.
I is out 5/5 on Atlantic.