Nessi Tausendschoen is a German singer, her new EP was created with Canadian guitar player William MacKenzie, collaborating for the first time in their respective careers. To add even more to the mix, they’ve teamed up with various guest muscians like Harry Manx and Kevin Breit, the teamwork behind this EP has resulted in a fantastic piece of work, described as a ‘minamalistic blend of jazzy, folky, rootsy tunes’. When listening to it for the first time I found all of these qualities and more, beautifully mellow with an almost dreamlike feeling to blend of voice and guitar. I have to admit that heartfelt, acoustic music is not usually my cup of tea, but despite the inevitable cliche, ‘Nessi’ contradicts that completely. ‘Twenty Three Years’ is an EP I could listen to repeatedly, particularly when in a chilled out mood as her vocals have such a calm and soothing feel. On the flip side, the tracks don’t get boring at all as the tempo changes intermittently especially in ‘just a line’ or ‘you’, keeping your attention with more upbeat moments between the gentle parts.
So far in her career, Nessi has been compared to the likes of Ellie Goulding or Paloma Faith but she has also been congratulated on not resorting to the ‘thoughtless lyrics’ or ‘high pitched trilling’ that modern female singers are frequently accused of. Overall the EP has been highly praised, especially for ‘Hush Hush’, her biggest single yet which is included, personally I’m in complete agreement as it’s my favorite of the EP, a perfect summary of her feminine yet powerful voice and collaboration of acoustic and upbeat elements.