Diamonds and Demons is the debut album by the British-Portuguese musician Nessi Gomes, a composer and lyricist of rare invention and beauty. Ensuing tales of darkness and light allow a deeper exploration of the human condition, psyche, collective fears and torments. Nessi has produced a record that is at once lustrous and shadowy, mysterious and magical, which she sings in a voice that is intimate and idiosyncratic.
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.
Born on the tiny Island of Guernsey to a family of immigrants from Portugal, Gomes channels influences from both sides of her ethnicity, blending the essence of the traditional, ‘larger than life’ Fado folk music with progressive British inspiration.
“Hauntingly atmospheric and lushly textured nods to Bjork & Kate Bush” Paul Lester – The Guardian
Marty's review: Nessi Gomes' "Diamonds and Demons" is one of those albums that you know you're going to love right from the first opening bars. The production surrounds the listener with a swirl of musical fragrances that light up the soul and soothe the inner heart. Nessi's voice has a uniqueness to it that lingers like a fresh floral scent and the mostly acoustic instrumentation floats in the air and arouses the senses. If you want some comparisons I would mention contemporaries like Lisa Gerrad, Alison Krauss, Bjork, Kate Bush, Enya and Marianne Faithfull (fine company to be in I would say).
The first video of the album is now live here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lWnxxADdLY (These Walls)
Pre-order on iTunes: http://found.ee/diamondsdemonsiTunes
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