I’d be forgiving of anyone who doesn’t know how long you’ve been in music. As Simiminder, I’d show them the album art on your debut project, Ogaju. I must confess, I didn’t know you then, but it makes me chuckle looking at it now, it feels like time travelling. People thought that ‘Ara Ile’ meant you were a gospel singer, I don’t blame them. You are a singer, and you look like an angel. You are mostly secular these days, but your physical cherubic glow remains and is only matched by the massive strides in your artistry. Listening to Simisola, those strides are easy to see.
Your voice was the most important part of this project. A doll-ish vocal timber suggestive of glass shattering range, carrying your well written words through the air like cupid’s darts striking deep emotions in my heart. Simi the singer.
Your ability behind the boards as a superb sound mixer impresses me in no small measure. These well controlled but supremely expressive mix, where each distinct instrument shows off, combines, as well as compliments your voice, which in turn gives life to your words, make this album an entirely emotional affair. Simi the mixer.
Simisola; named after you, this album feels like a window to you. You distilled your thoughts on different relatable issues into poignant writing, mostly about love, rich with scenery to keep the songs far from being corny. Simisola can be seen as a functional portrait of you, put together in a controlled and organic meticulous manner. Simi the writer.
‘Original Baby’ was a sauntering ode to you being “you”, regardless of all your perceived “flaws” (you no dey turn up, lol). ‘Original Baby’ is self-affirming and bold, but light-hearted for the listener to feel the joyful arch the smile forms.
‘Remind Me’ took me to church, literally. I felt subbed. Sometimes we forget what kindness means, and ‘Remind Me’ is a good reminder. Amen!
‘Joromi’ fills me with hope. Dear Simi, I want to really seek your number and call you, maybe? Flirty, flirty!
‘Complete Me’ is that love song I want to play beneath your window and serenade you with, deep emotions of love were effortlessly expressed here.
The crooning on ‘Take me Back’ had my heart strings pulled in all directions, as you asked Kunle to take you back for unnamed crimes, but of course he would when you ask like that. Adekunle Gold is the only feature on this Album. Hmmmm.
‘Smile for Me’ is another warm strut, there’s no way I wouldn’t smile when you ask with that voice. The ease you exuded while demanding my smiles was wrapped in wispy bliss, a result of how gracefully you wield the melodies. You are my weakness, Simisola. The words are descriptive and open, an ever present characteristic on the album.
The old but gold Chief Ebenezer Obey’s ‘Aimasiko’ was reworked with easy flair. With ‘O Wa N Be’, it looks like both songs are sure to be party starters at owambes.
To anyone else reading this, if you play the album out loud through your headphones, an uninitiated might ask you “is that Asa?” and they can be forgiven, they do sound alike on some tracks. The album is beautiful and soft and gets a solid 4 out of 5 stars from me. It was headed for a 3.6 out of 5 until I took into account the ones that were released as singles which still retained their punch. This Album is available on Apple Music, give it a listen and a shout out to Simisola on Twitter to encourage her.