A decorated graduate of the Nick Drake school of mourn-pop, Californian singer-songwriter Nic Nassuet has released his latest album Eleutherios (pronounce that if you can) to a flurry of award nominations. Dark worlds, powerful lyrics and beautiful soundscapes characterise Nassuet's music, which has been called variously gothic folk, gothic rock and - my personal favourite - acoustic horror punk.
Nassuet channels decades as a performer into his music. Taking the lead role in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street no doubt stoked his penchant for the macabre, and this, along with various other starring roles in musical theatre, helped him to hone his performance skills and develop a rich vocal dexterity. On the flip side, acting as the frontman for numerous metal and punk bands in his murky past taught Nassuet the importance of rock ’n’ roll stage-craft, giving his particular brand of folk - for want of a better word - balls.
Nic Nassuet has big plans for the future. His multi-instrumental, genre-defying music has been played on terrestrial FM stations across the US and Canada, as well as on digital stations throughout the world. Summer and Fall 2015 will see him undertaking an extensive tour to support the release of Eleutherios, and if recent history is anything to go by, he may well pick up a few more awards to add to his presumably fairly crowded mantelpiece.
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