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Written bySaien Benjamin

“Tellin’ Lies” by NIKOLI – A Journey of Self-Discovery

Tellin’ Lies” is the beautiful new single by rising Neo-Soul artist Nikoli. It is one of the most exciting tracks I’ve listened to in a while, with Nikoli’s smooth vocals floating over a killer bassline. 

The track marks a significant milestone in Nikoli’s musical journey, reflecting years of dedication and perseverance. The song encapsulates his personal growth and artistic development. It is a testament to his commitment to finding his voice and identity as both an artist and an individual.

Nikoli is a multi-dimensional artist previously known as Elais Park, who has always brought a variety of sonic elements to forge his unique sound. With a background in photography, design, and videography, he infuses his creativity into his musical approach, resulting in a distinctive artistic expression. His versatility and innovative vision has garnered attention from esteemed publications such as Earmilk, Lyrical Lemonade, and Spotify’s Fresh Finds: Hip-Hop.

“Tellin’ Lies” emerges as the culmination of NIKOLI’s artistic evolution, demonstrating his growth as a songwriter and his unwavering commitment to honing his craft. It is within this context that we witness his ability to continually redefine what it means to create music in the modern landscape, one exceptional song at a time.



The song’s journey began in a modest bedroom collaboration with his friend Aaron, who shares NIKOLI’s passion for creativity and artistry. Through their combined efforts, the duo crafted a captivating chorus and a compelling bass-line that formed the foundation of the song’s infectious hooks. Over the span of five years and approximately 20 versions, he meticulously refined the track, drawing from his diverse influences and skill set.

His latest release not only showcases his musical growth but also serves as a testament to his prowess as a director and video editor. His previous work with artists like Foster The People, Wallows, and Cold War Kids demonstrates his ability to translate his artistic vision across various mediums, enhancing the overall impact of his creations.

With “Tellin’ Lies,” NIKOLI embarks on a journey of self-discovery, inviting listeners to join him on this transformative path. The song’s introspective lyrics and soulful melodies resonate with universal themes of identity, growth, and self-acceptance. His soulful vocals, combined with the skillfully crafted production, create an immersive and captivating experience for the audience.

“Tellin’ Lies” stands as a remarkable accomplishment reflecting his dedication, perseverance, and artistic growth. It is a testament to the multi-dimensional artist within him, as he effortlessly weaves together elements of music, photography, design, and videography to create a truly immersive and authentic artistic expression. With his upcoming EP, ‘Slightly Imperfect,’ NIKOLI continues to expand his diverse discography, leaving a lasting impact on listeners and redefining the boundaries of music, one remarkable track at a time.

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