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Euphoric melodies, bittersweet melancholy and dreamy folk music:
With little more than a few songs, unlimited creativity and two magical voices, the duo first ventured onto the proverbial stage in 2012. Thanks in part to the support of German federal and regional sponsorship programmes (Initiative Musik and BY-on), it didn’t take long for success to take root: Nick & June’s sold-out EP, followed by the debut album “Flavor & Sin”, delighted music critics and drew comparisons to Angus & Julia Stone and The Swell Season. However, their popularity wasn’t limited to positive reviews – airplay, a song on a motion picture soundtrack and 300 live shows across Europe underscore their overall popularity.
In 2016, they were signed by the renowned indie label AdP-Records and plan to release their second studio album in spring 2017, to be produced by Udo Rinklin (Philipp Poisel, etc.). The new album, titled “My November My”, will be a concept album telling the story of “November Boy”, a figure greatly disappointed by the world and humanity, bitter and self-righteous, yet not without the ability for self-reflection and -critique, which he does through 12 chapters, to then bid farewell. Intertextual references to Conor Oberst, The National or Belle & Sebastian will blend with epic song structures incorporating a sophisticated sound with deep beats and rhythms. This lonesome-beautiful acoustic dream and fragile melancholy is brought to fruition by the extraordinary vocals of Nick & June. There is no denying the duo’s development; their uniquely delicate voices are at the heart of their newest endeavour.
Nick & June’s unique sound can in part be attributed to their use of a variety of instruments in every song, from guitar, mandolin, ukulele and banjo to electric bow, glockenspiel, piano, organ, melodica and accordion, and occasionally involves changing instruments mid-song. Recently, they’ve had support on drums and bass during live performances.
Nick & June have set the bar high, and we can look forward to discovering where their journey takes them this coming year. Only one thing is sure – Home is Where the Heart Hurts…