The MuseBox recently announced the release of Transparent Hands, the first single from Nikki W., the 16 year-old singer/songwriter from London, Ontario. Her full length EP entitled Sad Generation will be released on July 29. Nikki’s style is a vibrant mix of guitars, piano and haunting synths, all layered over a restless and hard-hitting rhythm section held together by Nikki’s enchanting voice. Already compared to Lana Del Ray and Metric, Nikki projects an emotional honesty and wisdom beyond her years. According to Sam Tweedle of The Pop Culture Addict: “Nikki’s voice and writing skills are astonishing for a girl her age.” Nikki’s forthcoming release was produced by Gavin Brown and will be available on Nikki’s official website.
Like every preceding generation, Nikki’s is filled with distinct loneliness and fear. According to Nikki, she is ready, willing and able to speak on behalf of “gypsies, wallflowers and those without a voice.” Her powerful yet vulnerable voice touches on love, doubt, sex, self-harm and alienation – all themes common to Nikki and her peers. Nikki describes her music as “pop music with cuts, tattoos and honesty.”
With straightforward yet poignant lyrics like, “Don’t know who to trust and who to doubt” and “Someone like you is much too wonderful, lovely for someone as sad as me,” Nikki has already garnered attention for her songwriting prowess. The songs took shape as she co-wrote her EP with producer Brown.
Although working with someone with Brown’s credentials was at first intimidating, Nikki credits him with allowing her to grow through the songwriting and recording process. “I’ve been in and out of studios since I was 12. It’s kind of like a second home to me. I love going in and writing songs there, or just recording a track.”