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

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