By: Amy Grace
14 September, 2017, 13:05
With her silvery voice and songs that will tug your heartstrings, contemporary folk singer/songwriter Emily Isherwood performs under the stage name Nugget, delivering melancholically intimate songs which are both personal and powerful. Think if Melody’s Echo Chamber went acoustic and done a collaborative album with Laura Marling. Freshly signed to Breakfast Records, her debut EP features four acoustic lullaby tunes along with some guest singers. This EP truly has some nuggets of gold.
First song on the EP is the sombre number ‘When The Half Moon Strobes’. It begins with the line ‘I’m gonna leave this place’, leaving me lingering for more already. (Why does she want to leave? More importantly where is she? Why am I over-analysing the first line as if it were an English Literature exam?) Sung in an elongated manner, Nugget knows how to keep her audience gripped on every tantalizing word. Painfully delivering lines such as ‘don’t call a hospital / cause that’s just irrational’, almost whispering these lines in an intimate manner. The slow strum of her guitar mellowly winds down, firmly setting the tone for her EP.
‘Pastel Sweat Cindy’ is an acoustic melody featuring Grace + Fenne Lizzle on backing vocals. There are hints of echoed delay giving a Beach House vibe along with the absurdly memorable lyric ‘I think I would sweat’. Ending with conversation and charming laughter, adding elements of realness and reflecting a true idea of how raw her tracks are. A flurry of scenic imagery ensued with third track ‘Dormant’. Lyrics such as ‘calendar dream’ and ‘You hear the waster / he spits the language of emotional myth’ show her delicate songwriting offering glimpses of the whimsical.
The final track ‘Arcade’ is a live version featuring the artist Mouse on backing vocals. Beginning with birdsong and the sound of a guitar being picked up followed by conversation, this immediately sets the tone of the stripped back, home made element of the EP. In the space of four songs it feels as if Nugget is my new best friend. This song could easily be an early take of a Cranberries number, both voices fusing together like a jangle pop dream.
Nugget’s debut EP is bittersweet fantasy, her collection of contemporary folk songs make her a stand out artist on the Bristol scene. Nugget’s headline show to promote her EP ‘Demos’ (available online and cassette!) will be held at The Louisiana on the 17th September, with support from George Glew, Kate Stapley and Dogeyed.