“We ain't going back,” Falana sings on “Paper Planes,” the opener to her 2021 EP Rising. “Old lives fade to black…we're chasing fantasies.” The rest of this empowering offering explores self-discovery and healing while presenting stories of joy, strife, romance, and ambition. Folding soul, alté, R&B, Afrobeats, and pop into her sound, the Canadian Nigerian artist’s eclectic references come to the fore as we’re made privy to the tale of Lagosian “Sweet Adetola” before visiting the tropics on vibrant single “Joy” and the amorous “Wishing on a Star.”

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