I’ve always had mixed feelings about singer-songwriters. I know, I know, the field is quite wide and diverse, but the combination of a singer and his or her preferred instrument mixed with scribbles from their ol’ diary never really awoke my interest.
However, when listening through “A”, I actually wanted to listen to the lyrics and I felt the purpose of the songwriter. The EP holds alternative and contrast-filled soundscapes that compliments Nanna‘s beautiful voice.
The first track, “Hello Hello”, seems like the lighter and more joyful part of the EP.
It works as an introduction and kind of welcomes the listener into the universe of Nanna Schelde. However, this doesn’t really compliment the rest of the EP which represents kind of a muddy, dark and more melancholic sound. The relevance isn’t clear, and the gap between light and dark is a bit too wide for me.
On “Joseph”, you hear a sharp, distorted guitar noising around in the background, building up and down, not really climaxing at any point, but stops immediately right at the chorus leaving nothing behind but some floating piano chords and vocals. This is exactly that contrast-filled soundscape that defines this EP and makes it unique. This works really, really well – it’s how you’re supposed to do singer-songwriting. It grabs your attention and leaves it hanging, which definitely is why the last two tracks of “A” are the best ones.
The last track of “A”, “Rose Balm”, brings that same muddy and noisy guitar along with a rumbling, pumping piano. The chorus uses kind of the same mechanism where Nanna’s voice is accompanied by a much cleaner sound than the gloomy verse which, again, works very well for the vocals and the overall soundscape on this EP.
This is a very well-written EP, in general. Although the first two tracks seem less appealing, in my opinion, the last two complement each other really well, they’re well-written and grabs my attention. They’re the product of a talented, unique singer-songwriter and you can just tell that there’s a lot of thought behind those, which is why I’m giving this one four stars out of six.
I’m sure we’ll hear more great, beautiful tracks from Nanna Schelde in the future – hopefully a full album?
Listen for yourself below:
The EP holds alternative and contrast-filled soundscapes that compliments Nanna's beautiful voice. This is exactly that contrast-filled soundscape that defines this EP and makes it unique. This works really, really well - it’s how you’re supposed to do singer-songwriting. (4/6)