Saturday, September 13, 2014

Introducing: Nieves

Nieves are a new talent from Glasgow.  Indelibly Scottish by their unmodulated accents and their embrace of both the light and the dark side of human existence, the group consists of Brendan Dafters (vocals/guitar) and Herre de Leur (piano/percussion).  And the darkness certainly is front and center on their latest offering, "Straight Line".  A sparsely adorned vocal and piano song about a terminally ill child, told from the perspective of an older sibling, one cannot help but be impressed by its grace and depth of emotion, despite its sad theme.

Two other tracks from Nieves are included below, as well as a video for their first released song, "Winter".  To my ears, the lyrics are poetic and evocative, and the arrangements simple and suitably supportive, dominated by de Leur's elegant piano.


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