TRACK REVIEW: Sam Nix – From the Stars Above EP  | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

Narc. Magazine Online

Reliably informed

Sam Nix’s debut EP wears its sentimentality on its sleeve. Lyrically, Nix’s songs concern themselves with memory, longing and poetic personal journeys. With an Irish folk-inflected sound sitting at the forefront, especially in St. John’s, it’s hard not to have your heartstrings pulled, and I hear other Anglo-Irish sounds in these songs too. The jangly electric guitar in Trading Underwater sounding a little like The Smiths, and the tell-tale Wonderwall-esque chords in Never Knew, all compliment the confident songwriting on display. Sam’s voice has an assured pop quality to it.

There are moments in the production that are perhaps more Ronan Keating than Luke Kelly, which might put off folk purists, but as a folk-inspired debut, there’s plenty to enjoy. 

Like this story? Share it!

Subscribe to our mailout