Nia Archives makes her much-anticipated return with the latest single, "Crowded Roomz," offering a poignant exploration of life on tour and the loneliness amid the chaos.
Characterised by rippling guitar lines and intricate jungle drums, "Crowded Roomz" encapsulates Nia's personal experiences and addresses themes of social anxiety, delivering what she describes as a "sad banger."
The accompanying video, directed by Nicolee Tsin, follows Nia Archives through various rooms including the studio, a friend's house, the tube, and a rave. The one-take video captures Nia amidst the unfolding lives around her, showcasing her friends and featuring cameo appearances from notable figures like Maverick Sabre, Corbin Shaw, and Intranet Girl.
The video is a cultural tapestry of UK references, incorporating vintage rave flyers, iconic T-shirts, and familiar cultural symbols.
"Crowded Roomz" is Nia Archives' first solo release since the success of her 2023 bangers, "Off Wiv Ya Headz" and "Bad Gyalz." Ending last year on a high with a sold-out "UP YA ARCHIVES" takeover at Warehouse Project, "Crowded Roomz" marks a return to more personal lyricism for Nia Archives, reflecting her diverse and ambitious creative direction.