Masaya has released a music video for his soulful song Black sheeptaken from their debut album, chronicles of youth.
Hailing from Raglan, New Zealand, is indie groove band Masaya (pronounced muh-sai-uh), who formed in 2019 when lead singer, Reiki Ruawai, needed to put together a band for his college assignment. Reiki cajoled his sister Kaea into playing drums and his friend Muroki into playing bass.
This three-piece lineup grew rapidly, as keyboardist Joe and lead guitarist Jules joined, as well as new bassist Nat, who joined the band when Muroki left to start his solo career. In 2019, the band released their debut single. moonlight talesand since then, they have captured the hearts of anyone who stumbled across their music, amassing 84,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, as well as reaching 2,700,000 streams on the platform.
With the release of her debut album, chronicles of youth This year the band has propelled themselves further towards stardom and demonstrated their ambition to create their own unique sound, fusing elements of indie/roots/soul/groove in their aim to capture their hometown surf vibes. The track from their debut album, Black sheep has proven to be a highlight. It’s accompanied by a wonderful video showing the band playing in a 1930s jazz bar, creating a vintage-inspired atmosphere that takes you back in time.
Black sheep is an easy-paced track with warm and expressive vocals that captivate your attention. With a punchy bass line and crisp melodic textures, Black sheep sees Masaya immersed in the feelings of isolation and uncertainty that we have all experienced in the last two years. With lyrics that aim to provide an optimistic view and calm our nerves about global turmoil and panic, you’ll be hooked on the wonderful feel-good vibes that Black sheep provide.
Masaya is destined to be the next beat merchant in the industry, with his lush vocals and warm instrumentation that will have you feeling hazy inside. If you want to be able to experience these vibes live, you’re in luck as the band is currently touring Australia with Katchafire. You can get tickets here! And be sure to check out Masaya’s debut album, chronicles of youth via Spotify below.