BIO - 200 WORDS
Originally from Portland Oregon, and known for her haunting voice and melancholic piano ballads; Nicole now lives in Wellington, where she has gained recognition as an up and coming artist to watch out for.
Her debut album, In the Shallows, was released in February 2015 with the support of Creative New Zealand, and garnered support from such New Zealand performers as David Long (The Mutton Birds), Andrew Bain (Fur Patrol) and Thomas Voyce (Rhombus).
In the Shallows has been described as “Simple, stripped back, yet incredibly solid” by NZ Musician Magazine; and Listener Magazine said “for those who like their femininity fierce and fearless the pace doesn’t stop until Andrews calls Time at the end.” The album was featured on RadioActive as the Preview Album of the Week, and continues to be playlisted on select radio stations across New Zealand.
Now in the wake of this release, Nicole has been writing the music for her upcoming sophomore album, which she has teamed up with Thomas Voyce (Rhombus) to produce. Moving away from the piano driven sounds she is known for, this second album incorporates more of an electronic feel, writing primarily on synthesiser. Release date expected for early 2017.
LISTENER MAGAZINE ALBUM REVIEW: HTTP://BIT.LY/2CFV0OY
“It’s tough to shift the Tori Amos comparisons for Portland-raised, now Wellington based Nicole Andrews - all rolling piano and rich, epically angst-ridden vocals. The powerful string-backed Pixelated Roses, with its anger, ashes and warning to “run and hide,” is a highlight, but for those who like their femininity fierce and fearless the pace doesn’t drop until Andrews calls Time at the end.”
NZ MUSICIAN ALBUM REVIEW: HTTP://BIT.LY/1OLD4RA
“Nicole is not only a gifted songwriter with a most pleasant singing voice, but to be so instantly comparable so early to two important and iconic female performers [Tori Amos and Kate Bush] speaks for itself. Hopefully not one to fall under the radar. This lady is a bit special.”
- Ania Glowacz
Muzic.net.nz album review: http://bit.ly/1KcIUrT
“I don’t think any words I say will be able to convey how much this song got to me. You all just have to listen to it… Now please! [...] This is a stunning debut album. She has set the bar high for future projects, but you know what, I know she is going to keep creating superb works of art.”
- Ria Lovede
WELLINGTON CITY LIBRARY ALBUM REVIEW: HTTP://BIT.LY/1MWWRVE
“Sometimes an album arrives that just seems to have everything going for it: Great song-writing, amazing vocals, fantastic production. [...] You can really hear the length of time spent honing the lyrics & arrangements until the beautifully rich piano driven songs really shine.”
- Mark Le sueur
FreshThinking.net.nz album review: http://bit.ly/2c7efDf
“Nicole Andrews is my latest discovery. I happened across her at the Wellington Public Library and instantly fell in love with her sound – across between Tori Amos and Kate Bush. Her lyrics are thoughtful and ironic and challenging. Her music is unique but familiar. This song [Just Another Female Vocalist], in particular sums up many struggling artists looking for that big break. And, yes, I think she does deserve some worthy recognition.”
- Tim Gruar