Singer-songwriter Danni Nicholls is the living embodiment of ‘more than meets the eye’ as with each and every listen of her work you find subtle nuances and deeper meaning in her words. She has mastered the art of creating songs with innumerable layers of complexity and passion and this year she brings that skill to life once again with her new album The Melted Morning.
Nicholls is a natural born storyteller with a unique and personable way with words that builds up a sense of familiarity. Before her opening song Wild as the Water has even finished you feel as though you’ve known each other for years and the warming feelings that come with years of friendship seem to creep through your veins. Her rich body of work comprised into this sweet and tender album is perfectly suited to your every single day as she offers up these uniquely crafted melodies that seem to undulate and change their meaning depending on your mood. When you’re sad they lift you up, when you’re happy they lift you higher. Sometimes you find yourself concentrating on her voice, sometimes purely her lyrics and other times you’re focussed entirely on her music and you don’t hear a word. Her ability to create such a complex and emotionally charged catalogue of songs that can each define itself in a series of separate instances or together as a whole is a rare and indelible talent that cannot be ignored.
Soft and subtle, Nicholls only surrounds herself with what she needs to get her messages across. But these surroundings change like the landscape seen from the window of a speeding train. Little lilts of country infused guitar tunes flutter out around her while sombre cellos and violins echo out every now and again. You can find gospel inspirations in songs like Hear Your Voice but it’s not present in the entirety of the album. This is an invigorating and charming versatility to her work where Nicholls doesn’t allow herself to focus on any one thing but on her songs as a whole. Each one is more beautiful than the last with the rich musical renditions that seem to rise like the tide and her deep, smooth and soulful voice that rattles your heart in your ribcage.
Nicholls has worked tirelessly for several years now and produced some outstanding work but The Melted Morning really accelerates her career. It is a stunning album with a rich tapestry of sound and an even richer method of storytelling. Her voice is perfectly suited to her style of storytelling with her tender and emotional vocals shaping the landscapes she brings to life.
Danni Nicholls · UK Tour · March-May 2019
Sat 16 Luton The Bear Club
Sun 24 Durham The Old Cinema Launderette
Fri 29 Norwich The Octagon Chapel
Sat 6 Ardleigh, nr. Colchester Little Rabbit Barn
Fri 12 London The Water Rats
Tue 16 Edinburgh Gilded Balloon Basement, The Rose Theatre
Wed 17 Glasgow The Admiral
Fri 19 Liverpool Heaven’s Gate @ 81 Renshaw
Sun 21 Manchester Gullivers
Fri 26 Birmingham Hexagon Theatre, MAC
Sat 27 Basingstoke The Forge @ The Anvil
Sun 19 Portsmouth The Square Tower
Further dates to be announced
Review by Joe Knipe