Nessi Gomes will be live in-store at Rough Trade Nottingham for a special acoustic live set, performing songs from her latest album 'Diamonds and Demons', released via Baraka Records.
2.00pm Live acoustic set Starts // 2.30pm Album Signing.
Diamonds & Demons is the debut album by the British-Portuguese musician Nessi Gomes, winner of Best of British Unsigned Female 2016, a composer and lyricist of rare invention and beauty.
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.
Though spending most of her life in the Channel Islands, the turning point in Nessi’s musical expression took place six years ago when she lived in Central America. The years she spent away from her home shook her world and reshaped her writing. She shifted from the more obvious themes of love, loss and broken hearts to ruthlessly exploring her inner geography and the delicate fears, insecurities, beauty and light that she found there.
In October 2013, Nessi returned to the west with her deeply personal raw material and with a vision to record her songs onto an album. The task to slow cook the project was given to the Grammy nominee producer and film maker Duncan Bridgeman (1 Giant Leap, Hecho En Mexico).
Since then, over the last one and a half years, inside a rusty little blue boat on London’s Regents Canal, Nessi and Duncan recorded her debut album.
Some acclaimed musicians joined them on the boat during these 18 months and one at the time they coloured the music with immense talent. Amongst them are classical violinist Viktoria Mullova, modern classical cellist Matthew Barley, indie whiz kid Cosmo Sheldrake, folk singer Sam Lee, rising jazz talent Misha Mullov - Abbado, German Guitar maestro Rainer Scheurenbrand, electric guitarist Dave Randel (Faithless) and tech wizard Nigel Butler.
Together, this supergroup forged a tender mosaic, whispering witchy tales of dark and light resulting in a nostalgic, progressive and detailed production - a unique musical project that recalls the vocal witches of the West such as Kate Bush and Bjork, while following Gomes’s Portuguese roots.
Following a successful fundraising campaign (April 2015) in which more than $50,000 was raised, Gomes toured 21 European countries (including festivals such as Glastonbury and Shambala)), sowing the seeds towards the release of her album and growing a devoted fan base.
The lead single These Walls received spins on BBC1, BBC2, 6 music and more.
"Hauntingly atmospheric and lushly textured nods to Bjork & Kate Bush".
Paul Lester - The Guardian
“A record that is at once lustrous and shadowy, mysterious and magical..the album as a whole, it is no self-indulgent wallow but an exercise in shaping beauty out of despair.”
Alex Goddard – Music Week
“Stunning debut from a composer and lyricist of rare invention and beauty”
Alex Gallacher – Folk Radio UK
“The followers of Beth Gibbons, Joanna Newsom and especially the excellent Daughter will find themselves becoming fans of Gomes after hearing her debut album”