Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Nina Nesbitt: Chewing Gum

Nina Nesbitt is in such a rush to play you her new single that she's forgotten to dry her hair. Very sloppy. She'll catch her death.

Still, it's a damn good song, featuring a cowbell the size of Pluto and a chorus that'll batter you around the head like Rocky Balboa. It's called Chewing Gum and it exudes womanly confidence (I think it's confidence) as Nina declares: "I'm a made up mess in a backless dress... I'll only do you wrong."

"'Chewing Gum' is an empowering track that I wrote about the transient types of relationships people have when they're trying to figure out what they want and they're not ready to fully commit," said Nina in a statement.

Have a listen below.

As other people have noticed, it all sounds very much like Tove Lo (the cowbell is lifted straight from Talking Body) - which represents a huge gear change from the Scottish starlet, whose previous work was very much in the Ed Sheeran / Amy McDonald mould.

But when I spoke to her in 2013, she was already saying she had "got a bit bored of the whole singer-songwriter scene". And fans of Selfies won't be surprised Nesbitt can write a solid gold hook.

Chewing Gum is the lead track from Nina's new EP Modern Love, out in February. The other tracks include Take You To Heaven - a filth-ballad in the style of Taylor Swift; a haunting weepy called Masquerade; and a stripped-back demo of Chewing Gum which really showcases the strength of the song's melody.

They're still to be made public - but you can watch Nina covering The Weeknd's Often in her home studio below. It's quite a revelation.

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