Nessi Gomes Plus Cigdem & Pavlos
“Stunning debut from a composer and lyricist of rare invention and beauty” Folk Radio UK
“Hauntingly atmospheric and lushly textured nods to Bjork & Kate Bush” Paul Lester – The Guardian
Diamonds & Demons is the debut album by the British-Portuguese musician Nessi Gomes, a composer and lyricist of rare invention and beauty. Winner of Best of British Unsigned Female 2016.
Born on the tiny Island of Guernsey, Gomes channels influences from both sides of her ethnicity, blending the essence of the traditional, emotional and ‘larger than life’ Fado folk music with British contemporary inspiration. Her debut album Diamonds & Demons (released October 2016) revealing a series of intricately detailed, hauntingly atmospheric and lushly textured avant-ballads. An authentic and heartfelt search for light, depth, hope and truth. It fulfils Nessi’s wish to deeply touch and shake the audience, to stir and shift something within them, to speak of the uncomfortable so that it may pass, and to expose and sing the human experience to its fullest expression.
“A record that is at once lustrous and shadowy, mysterious and magical, intimate and idiosyncratic. An exercise in shaping beauty out of despair” Music Week
“The followers of Beth Gibbons, Joanna Newsom and especially the excellent Daughter will find themselves becoming fans of Gomes after hearing her debut album” Songwriters Magazine
Ensuing tales of darkness and light allow a deeper exploration of the human condition, psyche, collective fears and torments. The creation of the album took place over the last 18 months, while traveling through London on the Regents canal inside a portable studio on a little rusty blue boat called ‘The Wild Goose’. Nessi and her producer Duncan Bridgeman (Grammy nominee, ‘1 Giant Leap’) together dug an uncharted tunnel into the artist’s turbulent heart and soul. Navigating through layers of her inner geography and a yearning sense of separation they examined her very depths. Deep childhood traumas, attempted suicides, indeed, every level of resistance she felt to every ray of light. Every moment of darkness to every dream. Inner diamonds and demons were deconstructed under a magnifying glass and her blood, sweat, and tears finally transmuted into music.
Producer Bridgeman seasoned and slow-cooked the naked songs with an ambitious soundscape: cherry picking some superb musicians. Amongst them are the world-acclaimed classical violinist Viktoria Mullova, contemporary cellist Matthew Barley, rising jazz talent Misha Mullov-Abbado, indie whiz Cosmo Sheldrake, nu/traditional award-winning folk singer Sam Lee and more. Together they forged a musical bridge that unites the multicoloured texture of the wild forest with Brit-pop, prog, folk and the underlying inspiration of Gomes’ native Portuguese ‘fado’ style. The result is a nostalgic, eclectic and ultra-detailed sound.
“A slick contemporary singer-songwriter record with a subtle Fado aesthetic and Sam Lee on the title track” fRoots
“completely engulfing and enthralling. The minutes seems to melt away while listening. Candidly moving debut album” R2 magazine
PLUS Cigdem & Pavlos
Rebetiko is known as the Greek “underground” music , with early influences from Smyrna from the 1920s onwards. It is sometimes referred to as the “Mediterranean Blues” and was made illegal due to the controversial themes of it’s lyrics. Over a 30-year period it also absorbed influences from American swing, Latin and Indian music, creating a rich and varied repertoire of songs and dances.”
What to expect...
35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA
Portuguese-British singer-songwriter blends the essence of traditional Portuguese Fado folk music with modern British inspiration.View Artist
Cigdem & Pavlos
Cigdem Aslan and Pavlos Melas, together with Spiros Bolovinis on bouzouki perform Rebetiko songs in Greek and TurkishView Artist
Istanbul-born singer Çigdem Aslan (pronounced Cheedem) leads a band including guitar (Pavlos Melas).View Artist