UK Electronic Artist Nick Wilson Releases Powerful New EP
In just four tracks, Nick Wilson helps tenderness and lightheartedness meet in the middle. They’re such different tones — an emotional softness meets an environmental softness, if you will — but somehow the UK singer-songwriter does it seamlessly. His latest EP, A Face I’ve Never Seen Before, accomplishes this unity with great ease.
Hear what Nick had to tell us about the EP below:
The core of A Face I’ve Never Seen Before is its massive electronic soundscapes, two peppier tracks sandwiched by an introduction and conclusion that operate on a more emotional base. With this in mind, the EP kicks things off with “Let Me Hold You,” a beautifully crafted ballad humming with faint synth buzzes that bubble up here and there around Nick’s aching vocal performance. It’s a pretty intense opener so Nick gives us a break with “Colour Me In,” a song that still boasts his signature vulnerability, but that’s packaged this time in a more vivid, hopeful way. There’s more percussion this time so things are being laid out in steady, slapping beats accompanied by falling twinkles that give a little more color to what was previously a dismal array.
The halfway point of A Face I’ve Never Seen Before finds “Another Little Lie” — Nick was right when he told us it’s the coolest track on the record. It’s much more confident than the rest of the tracks (not because they’re not sure of themselves and equally effective, but just because Nick himself adopts a sort of swagger here), a swollen synth piece that finds some of Nick’s best vocal work and a new creeping, shadowy crawl to his instrumentation. “Carry Your Light” ends the EP, bringing us full-circle back to its tender beginning. It’s more bare-bones than the rest of the record for a while, grand in its own minimalism, synth and strings swirling together before moving into a soft patter of percussion. On A Face I’ve Never Seen Before, Nick Wilson creates a layered experience of emotion as we travel his careful synth waves from open-hearted confessions to rich recovery then back again.