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Feature: Why I Listen to Nina Nesbitt

For a while now I've wanted to write a new blog feature, beyond just reviews and interviews. Something where I can just wax lyrical about my favourite music. This is the first in what hopes to be an ongoing series. So, after taking a deep dive into her music and examining her recent output I just wanted to take some time to talk about why I listen to singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt. The Scottish songstress has been on my playlist for a while. Whenever I need something soulful and filled with emotion, I know I can rely on her music to raise my spirits. There is a truth and an honesty to her songs and she manages to find a way to cut through the nitty-gritty and give her listeners poetically beautifully lyrics and music that oozes with atmosphere.

I will say, I can hear why she was able to gain a foothold with those early EP's. Even then, her music has that troubadour styling to it and there is always going to be a fan base for that style of music. However, considering that a lot of those songs either ended up on Peroxide or its special edition, in the end anyway. I don't think there is a particular need to go into them too much. Also, that record was my first time listening to Nina in any capacity. Peroxide is a fantastic record and something that I think anyone can get into. There's a decent mix of traditionally "pop" songs like "Selfies" and the title track "Peroxide" and her more folk style tunes like "Stay Out", "The Apple Tree" and "Mr C", the latter of which are still mainstays of her set-lists to this day. I love playing that album over and over again. Like I've mentioned, Nina's lyricism is thoughtful and interesting. Detailed enough so that you know what the situation is that she's referring to, yet vague enough for the listener to put their own interpretation onto it.

This is something that she's honed in one throughout her career. You can tell that she puts a lot of effort into saying the right things in her music. However, starting in 2016 she started to change her sound a little. Instead of that acoustic guitar troubadour style, she opted to move more towards synth-electro-pop. With her two EP's Modern Life and Life In Colour, you can definitely hear the change in style and tone. Modern Life was an interesting change in direction. I mean the EP was really centred around its big single "Chewing Gum". I know when an artist changes their approach it can turn their fans off, but Nina has pretty much retained all of her original fanbase whilst ushering in more. How did she manage that? Well, I can't speak for everyone but for me, it was because I realised that, at the core, her writing hadn't changed. She was still the same honest and creative musician she has always been but instead of an acoustic guitar, she was crafting songs from a keyboard.

Life in Colour was a really interesting experiment. This EP intrigued me from the very concept. She took stories from her fans and turned those stories and life experiences into songs. Again, her incredible writing is what sold this EP. Even without experiencing these events in her own life, she was still able to convey the emotions and situations in her music. This was just another reason why I love her music. The emotion and atmosphere in her music always keeps me coming back for more. If you like this EP, then good news, this is the style she is continuing with going forward. Ever since that EP, she has been slowly drip-feeding songs out to her fans. Songs like "The Moments I'm Missing", "The Best You Had" and "Somebody Special" are doing well and they are excellent songs to listen to. The synth tone creates an excellent atmosphere and when she does decide to bring in the guitar, you can tell it's only because she felt that the songs needed it.

The change in style and direction has been a fascinating one. Whilst not totally different, I mean it is still pop music, it's still noticeable and a change that I think is beneficial to her singing career. This feels like a natural progression for her, which is why I haven't been resistant to it in any way. You can still hear her personality and enthusiasm for making music. Over the last two years, there has been a steady drip-feed of songs being released to her Spotify and YouTube pages, so she has remained a constant in my playlists. Her music has stayed at a consistent level of quality and every new release is a treat. Which is what ultimately gets me excited for her second album next year.

I think I should wrap this up. Nina Nesbitt is a fantastic talent that I will continue to be invested in. Her quality of music, her connection to her fan-base and her great energy and personality that she brings to the industry are all to be admired. Whilst by no means, would I ever force people to listen to something that they're not interested in. I would strongly suggest giving her stuff ago. She really runs the gambit of all styles of pop music, from the piano ballads to the singer-songwriter format, all the way to her more synth-electro-pop. It's all interesting. If you are interested check some of her stuff out, it's definitely been worth it for me.



Angela said…
Great read, Mick 👍🏻

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