LESLIE NUSS--artist, music and otherwise

 
 

Reviews of the new EP

New Review posted November 1, 2018 on LA Music Critic:

Artist Name:  Leslie Nuss

Album Name:  The Album V: Part One

Label:  Self-released

Genre:  Pop

Track Listing:  1.  Lost; 2.  The Subway; 3.  Glory Days; 4.  Writer; 5.  Lost (radio edit)

Publicist:  Self-promoted

Review:  While Leslie Nuss is an artist unfamiliar to us, we are quite familiar with her producer, the amazing Ainjel Emme, who was previously a part of the bands Goddess Freak Ensemble and Tits and Giggles, as well as a dynamic DIY solo performer before creating the Block of Joy, a multimedia house providing content creation and artistic development to upcoming talent in music and film.  Emme has definitely outdone herself on this project, shining the spotlight on the amazing voice and talent of Nuss.  All four songs are outstanding, and worthy of industry attention.  Nuss is truly an artist on the cusp of greatness, and we can’t wait to hear what she delivers in parts 2 and 3 of this project.

Recommendation:  By all means, jump on this train and Get this EP.  You’ll be glad you did.

 

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The Album V, Part 1
Leslie Nuss
 
A stunning addition to the Leslie Nuss canon, this EP is her first offering since 2006's "Round 3," her fourth, full-length album. "Lost" opens with a majestic piano that instantly commands your attention. The music turns plaintive and yearning which is the perfect foil for the ethereal, dreamy vocals. If you ever wondered what a collaboration between Longpigs and the Cocteau Twins would sound like, well, this it. The song ends with notes falling from the piano like rain drops into a puddle. An achingly beautiful song.

The mood turns urgent with "The Subway." The writing sounds like a lost classic from an alternative band inspired by Patti Smith and post-punk. But the sound is contemporary with the slightest hint of sixties psychedelia to keep listeners on their heels. "Glory Days" offers a deep breath. A weeping guitar pleads for your attention before Nuss delivers her most intimate lyrics. The percussion propels you deeper into Nuss' web. The story concludes with "Writer," a confession/inquisition delivered over an electronic lounge vibe. [The EP adds the bonus radio edit of lead off single, "Lost" — although why anyone would want that song to end sooner is a mystery.]
 
Highly recommended summer listening. Head over to PledgeMusic.com to check out your options. Rather than download the EP (lowest price), for a couple of dollars more, go old school and get the physical copy for the highest audio quality, beautiful cover art, and liner notes.  Nuss, also an accomplished designer, also offers a version with a bunch of classy extras while supplies last — silk-screened bag, button, tattoo, sticker, and handmade ceramic. A portion of proceeds from sales through the end of July go to "It Gets Better," a non-profit dedicated to supporting LGBT youth.

Here are listener reviews of the new EP:

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Very exciting to receive. Love all the decorative bits- so thoughtful. Am enjoying listening to [her] beautiful voice- more beautiful than ever. Such gorgeous music too- tranquil and relaxing. 

 --Emily D

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I found the EP to be haunting, stark, personal, passionate, beautiful...and ultimately a cathartic and redemptive listening experience.  

The Subway is my favorite of the songs I am hearing for the first time here.  [Her] beauty goes so deep..........

[Her] soul is amazingly vibrant throughout this EP.

--Richard Kaminsky, WPKN

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It’s amazing - ethereal, lush, beautiful. It’s truly a work of art. More please!

---Jennifer R

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A fragile, elegant voice that sometimes reminds you of Ani DeFranco, Alanis Morissette or Joni Mitchell.

--Charlie Edwards, THE QUAKER GOES DEAF, WESN.org

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This new stuff is great!!! I loved it. 

--John Porter, Mood Indigo Entertainment

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"Lost" kills me. Love the opening notes. Had a dramatic Edge vibe to it. (I know it's piano, but still.) The production, and pacing of the ups and downs gave it a psychedelic, trippy vibe. Reminded me of Longpigs. But it's your vocals and backups that are the centerpiece. Cocteau Twins vibe. Serene. Really beautiful.

Got my physical CD today. Everything looks great! All the extra’s (e.g., autograph, credits, ceramic, sticker, tattoo, button, silk-screened bag, etc.) are classy and a really nice touch. 

 --Mark M

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