Nix Nought Nothing is a London-born singer, songwriter and composer based in Brooklyn. He releases his new album The Storm in March.
Revealing a craftsman-like attention to structure and interdependence, Nix Nought Nothing blends traditional roots with a raw intimacy, and takes the contemporary folk song to a grander, more eclectic level -- one undeniably his own.
He imparts his lyrics with a powerful and impassioned voice, and layers his vocals to create choirs of insightful harmony. Drawing on his experience as a jazz pianist and film composer, Nix Nought Nothing accompanies his vocals with a suite of instruments, combining each layer to create sumptuous, expansive soundscapes.
“The Storm,” Nix Nought Nothing’s debut album, embodies ancient and nautical themes in a heartfelt exploration of loss and redemption. Written and recorded in just 28 days in Brooklyn, New York, and Hampshire, England, the album combines complex and varied styles into a body of work that is distinct and whole. Through waves of tension and release, “The Storm” carries the listener through realms of mystery and magnificence.
“I wanted to produce something almost improvised and raw,” Nix Nought
Nothing says, “but I also sought to evoke the grandeur and imagination I’d grown accustom to from scoring film. ‘The Storm’ takes both of those elements and attempts to build something more ambitious but still personal.”
These qualities are front and centre on the album’s first single, “Sticks and Stones.” A commanding song with powerful melodies and rousing lyrics, the track is simultaneously cinematic and heart-wrenchingly sincere. Its stirring verses and rousing chorus combine with swells of music that result in a sound both timeless and yet unmistakably new.