Friday 30 November 2012

Nina Nesbitt - Boy

Fans of Ed Sheeran may recognise Nesbitt after she supported him on his latest European tour (as well as being romantically linked to him).  With her debut album to be released imminently, she's certainly on many people's radar.  Yet her music is in danger of being overshadowed by her links to Sheeran.

Eighteen year old Nesbitt grew up listening to rock bands such as Nirvana, but she's also a fan of acoustic and folk music.  These influences all combine in Boy - from the opening guitar riff to the chugging chorus rhythms and Nesbitt's girlish, Ellie Goulding-esque vocal.  In totality, the sound sits somewhere between Sheeran's youthful melancholia, Mumford and Laura Marling's folk acoustica, the scope of female chanteuse Florence Welch and the country-pop of Taylor Swift - a combination that's eerily similar to Kyla La Grange.

With songwriting assistance from Fraser T Smith (Adele's Set Fire To The Rain) and production from Jake Gosling (Sheeran's '+'), there's a decent team behind Nesbitt to ensure pop success.  Despite this, her music sadly doesn't live up to the sum of her influences.


Listen: Boy is available now, with her debut album arriving in the new year.