Indie, Pop, Roots
Nick Drake, The National, Mazzy Star, Beach House, Fleet Foxes, Hozier, City And Colour, Iron and Wine
Nicholas Costello et al.
Mark Kozelek, Jeff Buckley, Nick Drake, REM, Crowded House, Smashing Pumpkins
Unearthed artists we like
Nicholas Costello is a 25 year old Australian solo artist based in Melbourne. He has been writing songs for almost 10 years. Described as having a natural flair for crafting melodies and writing lyrics, his songs display an emotional and intellectual depth. As an independent artist, his songs tend to be borne out of personal experience, and are introspective in nature; but are nonetheless stylistically and sonically diverse and nuanced.
Costello is deeply influenced by the idols of his youth – REM, Mazzy Star, Nick Drake, Mark Kozelek and Jeff Buckley to name a few. But he also draws on more contemporary musicians such as Phosphorescent, Beach House, Father John Misty and Hozier. All these influences culminate to produce what is a lightly stylised, dreamy folk-rock atmosphere coupled with emotionally intense lyricism.
This talent for both lyricism and melody has been compared to that of City and Colour, while the versatility and the evocative nature of his voice has been likened to that of Damien Rice, Roy Orbinson and Jeff Buckley. Costello’s music has also been described as like 'a slightly lighter version of something by Iron and Wine or The National'.
The singer-songwriter started as a front man for a few local Melburnian bands (Curtainfire, Siblings), but in 2011 he decided to go it alone, as a vision for a solo project crystallised in his mind. In 2014 he released his debut EP ‘Definite Blue’, a sparse raw four tracker, that was well received critically. In 2015 he released his follow up EP ‘Glow’, a five-track EP that built on themes of his previous effort, creating a bolder and more elaborate sonic framework for his music.
Recently, Nicholas has busy in the studio and is expected to release a new EP in 2016. The EP, Hangs on my Door, will be launched at the Evelyn Hotel in Fitzroy on the 26 August 2016.