Nicole Yun

Paper Suit

  • KR217 CS
  • Release Date: June 7th 2019
  • $7.99

Nicole Yun, best known as the front-woman of indie rock trio Eternal Summers, saw her scrappy post punk band mature through a decade of touring and recording. A decade - a length of time that is twice or three times the duration of most musical acts today. For a change of pace she spent time lending her talents to other local bands. She organized house shows, gave her energy to her various odd jobs, and reveled at the newfound time away from touring to have a social life again. Filling her time still left her feeling dissatisfied. Her friends and peers were building families and successful careers. Thoughts of going back to school, a new career, perhaps even putting songwriting away for a while all seemed like viable options. Instead, Nicole wrote eight new songs, hopped on a train, and headed north from her Appalachian Virginia home to venture onto a new musical path.

Drawing from her love of Brit Pop bands and 90’s songwriters like Jeff Buckley and Sean Lennon, Nicole began writing songs without the constraints of expectation. She called on a team of musician friends, sending the demos to Julian Fader in New York City (of Ava Luna, engineer/producer at Gravesend Recordings) and Robert Garcia in Philadelphia (formerly of Bleeding Rainbow, engineer at Hobo Camp) to start planning recording sessions in both cities. Inviting the likes of Doug Gillard of Guided by Voices, Joe Boyer formerly of Cloud Nothings, and Duncan Lloyd of Maximo Park alongside many other talented contributors, the result is Paper Suit, the first solo album by Nicole Yun.

The collection of songs hits on early 90’s Brit Pop in the vein of the Stone Roses on opening track, “Tommie,” touching on psychedelic influences in its entrancing groove, while other tracks like “Supernatural Babe” capture the effervescence of Juliana Hatfield’s 1992 debut Hey Babe with fun and raucous twists reminiscent of early Supergrass. Nicole effortlessly balances melancholy and hope throughout the album, seen in the vulnerable admissions of a failed relationship in “And After All,” which reads like a modern Unrest tune set to soaring melodies and sparkling guitars. The turmoil of internal struggle is coyly camouflaged by the insatiable groove in “Two Eyes” highlighting some gorgeous guitar work by indie rock veteran Doug Gillard.

Paper Suit is to be released on June 7th, 2019 on Kanine Records, and Nicole says it reminds her of a 'me fronted Lemonheads.'"