Had a bit of a ruddy mare today. Some of you may have noticed that the website ‘s been down all day . And it’s taken ruddy ages to get to the arse of the problem, mainly because despite my love of using all gadgets and tech-y stuff, I’m fricking useless when it comes to fixing any of them. And I mean really really fricking useless. Doesn’t stop me having a go at fixing it though. I am a man after all and I do feel as a man, it should be innately in my skill set to be able to fix anything and everything that goes boobs up. So the problem is never lack of effort, but an extreme lack of general intelligence and basic understanding of how things work. The result of this dangerous combo, is that when confronted with something malfunctioning i.e. our website today, I begin the following steps, blindly fumbling around attempting to sort the problem out. It starts with blankly staring at whatever’s broken, before calmly googling it, then staring at again, then swearing at it, then slightly furiously googling it again, then staring at it again, then throwing things at it, then swearing again at it, then aggressively unplugging & replugging for a few mins, then severely clenching at it, before finally swearing again at it again. I normally repeat this process for several hours before I finally punch myself out, accept defeat and call someone cleverer than me, who cheerily sorts whatever it was in minutes, with ridiculously annoying and patronising ease. This winds me up even more. The whole episode normally leaves me as an exasperated, confused, emasculated, dangerously stressed (I’m talking Michael Douglas Falling Down stressed) and embarrassed shell of a man.
That was me around an hour ago. My web dude did, though, get the site back online (literally within minutes), and I was left to decide whether there was enough time to still get a NMT done or whether my exploding head would be too much of a hindrance to writing one, and that I should instead just go take an ice bath. I chose the former. The main reason for that was I decided that better than an ice bath, why not calm my aching head with some nice soothing scando synth pop? And in a flash of inspiration that shone through my rage/ shame, I remembered that just a month or so ago, I had in fact come across a young Norwegian artist by the name of Emilie Nicolas, and that her tunes would be just the ticket. And they were. Within a minute of ‘Grown Up’ playing, with it’s warm chilled synths and percussive clicks and above all Emilie’s ethereal vocals, I’d regained my cool and my head stayed in one piece. Point is, that if like me, you’ve had a bit of a stressy one today, pop this through your headphones and I reckon you’ll be back to your calm old self too.
As far as references go, if you’ve heard Wet’s recent self titled E.P., then Emilie’s definitely cut from the same cloth. If you’ve not heard that yet, I reckon if you blended Robyn, The Knife, Beth Orton, & Bjork, and then added a thick dollop of 80′s synth pop, you’d not be far off. Sounds interesting yeah? Interesting enough for the organisers at Latitude, The Great Escape & Somerset House to have booked Emilie for slots at each this year already. But don’t worry if you missed those, I’m sure she’ll be back in the UK soon. I hope so anyways.
Like that didn’t ya. Feeling all warm and at one with the world again aren’t ya. Yeah well if you want that feeling again in the future then you’d better keep tabs on all Emilie’s new releases and stuff by following her Facebook & Soundcloud.
Emilie Nicolas – For fans of Wet, Robyn, Beth Orton, The Knife
P.S. Knocking around in Cowes tonight? If so head down to the marina and see The Operators and a load of other bands open up Cowes Week at this here event. It’ll be real good fun.