With the sweetest of sounds coming from the speakers of the Ticket Arena office it would be mighty selfish of us to keep them to ourselves, so we thought we’d let you in on what our staff use to soundtrack a hard day’s work. Now a weekly feature with the intent of bringing your attention to wonderful new sounds every Tuesday, our Album Of The Week looks at releases from the best in the game, whether fresh new acts about to hit the big time or established artists reminding the world of their continued talent. Simply put, it’s just the best in music that we think you should hear.
If you thought the emo genre had died a death along with the ceremonial throwing out of your studded belts and excessive hairspray use, it’s our duty to inform you that Princess Nokia is bringing back those nostalgic lyrics of heartbreak by talking directly to your teenage self in her new EP A Girl Cried Red. Showing that she’s a multi-faceted artist, this surprising release follows her celebrated rap debut 1992 Deluxe, combining the two genres as a display of her love for the contrasting styles. Pop-punk guitar is matched with hip-hop breakbeats and lyrics straight out of the era that took over an entire subculture in the noughties with the line “Smash my heart in pieces, it looks so good on the floor,” threaded throughout the full 21 minutes. Not only is each track a homage to Nokia’s eclectic taste, but it’s also a testament to her skills as an eclectic artist.
Princess Nokia will be delivering her sounds at this year’s Field Day Festival, which takes place at London’s Brockwell Park on Friday 1st June and Saturday 2nd June.
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