Zoë Nutt is an artist from Nashville who has music in her blood. She was born in Knoxville, graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Her release Like You showcases an exceptionally talented artist who is able seamlessly combines different styles. Folk, pop and even tinges of jazz and soul show up on this release.
The production is exceptional. There is no question about that. It sounds great. The production really pushes her voice and for good reason. She has a great voice. She rarely stresses her voice and usually prefers a hushed vocal that is all about the nuance and subtlety.
There is a lot of melancholy on this album but it’s often accompanied by warmth and nostalgia which cuddles and comforts you. I was sometimes reminded of Mazzy Star and to a lesser extent Norah Jones and Angus & Julia Stone.
The album opens with “Nothing I Can Do.” The first thirty seconds are a cappella and she sounds great. Instrumentation comes in and it feels effortless. The vibe is mellow and heartwarming. Great opener. “Cry on You” is so sparse it’s almost all atmosphere. Her hushed vocals is what make the song but I really thought the instrumentation was effective at elevating her voice.
Songs like “Antique Soda Pop Love” and “Bones” have the pretty mix of nostalgia, hope, and sadness. I love that combo. Especially when the alchemist mixes the right amounts. “Look the Other Way” is a lounge-y song you could imagine being played at a jazz club. She continues to impress with one of the highlights “I’m on Fire” as well as the most upbeat song “Sweet Tennessee.” The album ends with “Dearest” which is the cherry on top.
Like You is an exceptional album. Listen now. Two thumbs way up.
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