Track of the Week

nicetry – Willows

12th October 2020

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It’s time to float into a new week with our enchanting Track of the Week from BIMM Dublin’s nicetry.

Their debut release ‘Willows’ is the perfect soundtrack to your Monday morning. Have a listen and find out more about the track below…

What was your inspiration when you began writing the track?

‘Willows’ started as a collaboration between Eunice and Cian three years ago. The song was never finished or fully developed until ​nicetry was formed. The lyrics and basis of the song were written by Eunice during her first summer in Dublin, while the arrangement and soundscape were composed by the band a year later.

The song’s imagery is inspired by the personification of elements of nature, taking influence from dreamlike films such as Pocahontas, Peter Weir’s Picnic at Hanging Rock and 80s nature documentaries.

Are there any artists that inspire you when writing?

We’re inspired by nostalgia and memories of youth. Main current references are bands like Big Thief, Mazzy Star, Sigur Rós and Yo La Tengo.

What is key to your sound and how do you make your music stand out?

The main focus is to create soundscapes and moods that embrace Eunice’s intimate and warm vocals. Our approach to each song we write is always through a songwriter lens rather than as instrumentalists. This mindset allows us to use our instruments in more interesting and suitable ways, since the goal is to always serve the song instead of getting too technical with how we produce our sounds.

How does your songwriting process work?

We don’t have a set recipe on how we write each song since it’s something we are constantly experimenting with and improving on. However, normally Eunice will bring a song idea written on guitar with vocals and lyrics. From there, we all arrange and develop the song together to make sure all the musical textures and dynamics created support the emotion originally portrayed in the vocals.

Describe your sound in 3 words…

Nostalgic, homesick and textured.

How has studying at BIMM helped you develop as an artist?

Without BIMM Institute we, most likely, wouldn’t have met each other and be the band we are today. Our first performances together were through BIMM showcases – something we’ll always have good memories of. With all the diverse modules available to us, we are able to pick and choose the areas we want to individually focus and improve on.

The most important tool we, as a band, gained from BIMM were the bonds with both fellow students and lecturers that still take an important role in supporting us throughout ​nicetry​’s growth.

What’s next for you?

We are currently finishing writing our debut EP, to be recorded by the end of November 2020. With live gigs being postponed due to our current situation, writing and recording have been our main focus. We are taking our time to really develop as a band and focus on experimenting with new sounds and approaches to our music.

Photo by Niamh Barry

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Sarah-Louise Burns

Having been part of the BIMM Marketing Team since 2016, Sarah has been working in Social Media Marketing since 2013. She Graduated the University of Hertfordshire in BA(Hons) Photography and Media Business and has a keen interest in the power of social media.