What happens when a classically-trained violinist explores the more twisted neighbourhoods of alternative pop? The work of Erica Nockalls provides the searingly accurate answer. If her albums Imminent Room and EN2 showcased her baby-sweet but barbed worldview, then new set Dark Music From A Warm Place takes that genre-neutral template and drowns it in honey-flavoured acid.
Her songwriting is removed from the pop norm: Emotionally derelict, blunt and melodically unsparing. This album is a tale of release and re-appropriation of oneself, a call of empowerment.
Dark Music From a Warm Place was conceived during a sad summer spent in Spain, then latterly mixed and produced by Jean-Charles Versari in Paris, France.
Gritty drum machines, generous synths, cutting tones mixed with unusual violins and glass-sharp vocals: ‘Pesante’ melodies meet modern anthems. Erica Nockalls’ conservatoire training as a violinist and vocalist are evident, but not defining. She chooses danger and experimentation with her violin, making it a tool of creation, rather than accompaniment.
Blunt. Honest. Generous. There’s a lid boiling on her British reserve.
“Elegant, experimental and atmospheric. Lynchian soundtrack at times. Excellent weirdy noises, wondrous violin and great production. A cracker LP.” – The Shend
01. Mouth Full of Something
02. The King of Want
03. I Know (feat. Jah Wobble)
04. Eiffel’s Eye
05. The Dying Snow
06. House of Erica
07. Build Me a Ship
08. Pearls and a Grin
09. Making Friends with an Alien
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The release date of Dark Music From a Warm Place is August 27th 2021.