Live. Nina Nesbitt

Live. Nina Nesbitt at London’s Dingwalls. October 18th 2012.

Nina Nesbitt is a Scottish/Swedish Singer/Songwriter who’s capturing hearts and minds with delicately emotive but viciously poignant wedges of indie pop. Buoyed by the success of independent release The Apple Tree EP and her major label debut, Boy, Nina Nesbitt undertook a UK tour in October that culminated in a sell out show at London’s Dingwalls on October 18th 2012.

Support for the tour came from Billy Locket and Josh Kumra as well as fans that won the chance to open the shows by uploading a cover of a Nina Nesbitt track.

Nina Nesbitt strolled onstage as the nervous, crackling energy bubbled over in an eruption of screams and cheers. Wielding only an acoustic guitar and a smirk, Nina launched into Noserings and Shoestrings from her Live Take EP, her eyes darting back and forth, surveying the packed room, either through nerves or a simple desire to take everything in on her steady ascent to prominence. Offering crisps to the audience “I thought you might be hungry” before another Live Take EP track, Glue, It’s clear that Nina has honed her vocal talent, the sharp and crisp edge glistens while her guitar ebbs a delicately smooth backing. However, it’s on the new tracks that Nina really comes into her own, losing the wispy insecurity and replacing it with a relaxed assurance, shouldering the growth in songwriting and musical confidence.

The new tracks sound brilliant, the nervous bubbling still glinting, but overshadowed by an excitable and endearing energy. Nina was joined by Josh Kumra for Jessica, a raw and haunting ode to a childhood friend that delivers a powerful emotional punch but refrains from heavy-handed transparency. Not Me is a reflective relationship assessment that’s stark realism enchants and Outcome is a more gritty, upbeat song that’s underpinned by a fantastic guitar riff that hooks with its intricacy as the sweeping vocals wash over.  Boy follows without a moment to regain composure and the crowd relishes something more familiar. Pacey and jarring, with a hint of bite Boy reverberates around Dingwalls sounding grander and more unforgiving than its recorded counterpart.

A breathy version of Kodaline’s All I Want preceded a duo of Apple Tree EP tracks; Hold You, which saw Nina take to the keyboard and Seesaw before another new track got an airing. Just Before Tonight paved the way for an anthemic and rattling rendition of The Apple Tree. The look of glee on Nina’s face reflected the loud atmosphere in the room as she struggled to be heard above the roaring sing-along she’d enticed.

Nina cuts a delicate shape on the stage and performs with an edgy polish that makes for a magical stripped back show. Single handed, Nina commanded the stage with confidence and steered the show through both pacey jubilance and understated reflection. With a debut album currently in the works and a refreshing attitude towards her goals alongside a steadfast work ethic and an undeniable talent, Nina Nesbitt is an artist who’s going places, and fast.

Setlist.

NOSE RINGS & SHOESRINGS – AC – 1ST FRET
GLUE – AC – 3RD FRET
JESSICA – AC – BVS
NOT ME – AC – 3RD FRET
THE OUTCOME– AC – 3RD FRET
BOY – AC – 3RD FRET
KODALINE – ELEC – HARM#1
HOLD YOU – KEYS
SEE SAW – 5TH FRET
JUST BEFORE GOODBYE
APPLE TREE – AC – 1ST FRET – KICK

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~ by justdip on 22/10/2012.

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