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International recording artist, Amaal Nuux, released “Not What I Thought” the first single off her forthcoming debut EP this week. The R&B influenced, bass thumping single is a gentle yet confident ballad about the end of a relationship. Hardly a new theme and yet, “Not What I Thought” unfolds as a salve for the question of how an intimate partner can become a stranger.
Complex.com posted that “Not What I Thought” is a powerful R&B ballad about the end of a relationship which asks the difficult question of how an intimate partner can become a stranger.
Amaal also dropped the accompanying music video for “Not What I Thought” directed by renown multidisciplinary creative Sean Brown (Daniel Caesar).
was born in Mogadishu, Somalia and her family emigrated to Toronto. She
has largely followed an independent career path into the music
industry. Singles by Amaal include ‘With You’, ‘Mufasa’ and ‘Words
Revealed’, ‘Last Ones’, ‘Who Are We’ and ‘Scream’. ‘Words Revealed’
alone achieved 200,000 YouTube hits within its first three months of
release, and has inspired cover versions by fans. Another fan favorite,
“With You”, similar earned 80,000 views in its first two months;
‘Mufasa’ is considered her most viral song to date with views and listens accumulated to over 2 million.
Amaal’s lyrics have always been socially conscious, focusing on topics of growth, love/heartbreak as well as global causes. She draws influences from both her personal life experiences and her travels, including a trip to Uganda where she worked closely with women’s groups within local communities.