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Nicole Atkins

With her throaty vibrato and lushly orchestrated pop songs, Nicole Atkins made her debut in 2006, bringing to mind a blend of Roy Orbison, Loretta Lynn, and Jenny Lewis. She was raised in Neptune, New Jersey, and relocated to North Carolina during her late teens to study illustration at UNC Charlotte. After befriending members of the Avett Brothers and logging several years with the alt-country band Los Parasols, Atkins briefly returned to the tri-state area, where a series of open-mike performances in Manhattan's East Village helped her hone a sound that was more indebted to pop music than her work with Los Parasols. Atkins spent the following years traveling between North Carolina and the Northeast, eventually settling in New Jersey at her parents' house. Performances in New York City helped her attract attention from several local musicians, and Atkins began piecing together a backing band comprised of guitarist Dave Hollinghurst, bassist John Flaugher, drummer Dan Mintzer, and keyboardist Daniel Chen. Operating under the name Nicole Atkins & the Sea, the band secured a residency at Piano's -- a popular nightspot in the Lower East Side -- and struck a deal with Columbia Records on the strength of Atkins' demo recordings and impressive performances. Atkins released the Bleeding Diamonds EP in 2006, and the group decamped to Sweden later that year to work on a full-length album. Featuring the songwriter's self-professed "pop noir" sound, Neptune City arrived in late 2007, followed by an EP of cover material in 2008. After lending her vocal talents to A.C. Newman's album Get Guilty, Atkins went through a period of transition during the making of her second album. She parted ways with her original backing band, broke up with her longtime boyfriend Paul Ritchie (of the Parlor Mob), and found herself at odds with Columbia Records. As a result, Mondo Amore wasn't released until early 2011 (via Razor & Tie), and the album found Atkins exploring new influences, including blues and vintage psychedelia. Atkins toured extensively in support of Mondo Amore, playing shows for close to a year, and then began work on a third album, writing new material with producer and percussionist Jim Sclavunos. However, in 2012 Atkins' home in New Jersey was hit by Hurricane Sandy; she was thankfully in Memphis when the storm battered the East Coast, but she was still left temporarily stranded. Word of Atkins' troubles got back to Tore Johansson, a producer and musician who had worked on Neptune City; he invited her to join him at his residential studio in Sweden, and there Atkins sorted through the lyric ideas and song fragments she'd stored in her iPhone and fashioned them into an album, the ambitious and eclectic Slow Phaser. Rather than deal with yet another record company, Atkins opted to release Slow Phaser through her own label, Oh'Mercy! Records, financing the project through a successful crowd-funding campaign. The album was released in January of 2014. ~ Andrew Leahey, Kenyon Hopkin & Mark Deming
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Nicole Atkins

  1.   Song
  2.   Maybe Tonight
  3.   Party's Over
  4.   Under the Milky Way
  5.   Inside of Love
  6.   Who Killed the Moonlight?
  7.   Cool Enough
  8.   Brooklyn's On Fire
  9.   The Little Drummer Boy
  10.   Hotel Plaster
  11.   Together We're Both Alone
  12.   You Come to Me
  13.   Blue Christmas
  14.   The Way It Is
  15.   Cry Cry Cry
  16.   Vultures
  17.   Snowshakes
  18.   Pissing In a River
  19.   It's Only Chemistry
  20.   Neptune City
  21.   Cool People
  22.   Dream a Little Dream of Me
  23.   Love Surreal
  24.   Above as Below
  25.   The Tower
  26.   What Do You Know?
  27.   War Is Hell
  28.   Carouselle
  29.   Sin Song
  30.   Girl You Look Amazing
  31.   Skywriters
  32.   The Worst Hangover
  33.   Gasoline Bride
  34.   Red Ropes
  35.   We Wait Too Long
  36.   You Were the Devil
  37.   This Is for Love
  38.   My Baby Don't Lie
  39.   Neptune City by Nicole Atkins & The Black Sea
  40.   Crystal Ship
  41.   Kill The Headlights
  42.   War Torn
  43.   Bleeding Diamonds by Nicole Atkins & The Black Sea
  44.   War Torn
  45.   Delora
  46.   Dancing in the Dark
  47.   Heavy Boots
  48.   Great Idea
  49.   Drifter
  50.   The Seventh Seal

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