HUSSY – ” Hussy ” EP

Posted: August 10, 2021 in MUSIC
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I first came across Hussy’s music in 2018 with the single “Slayer.” The shoegaze-adjacent track featured prickly guitars and gorgeous pop melodies, and its confident dynamism caught my ear immediately. Since then, Sophie Nicole Ellison, the London based singer/songwriter behind the project Hussy, released a few more singles and put on an impressive performance at a showcase in New York City.

Now with the release of her self-titled debut EP, it’s clear that Ellison’s early promise has materialized. Across seven tracks, Ellison sprinkles weighty guitar textures, while providing plenty of room for her airy vocals to shine. You can tell by the way these songs were constructed that Ellison trusts her ear, with each melodic fluctuation placed front and centre, and they’re all the better for it. She also chooses between pretty subtlety and more ambitious songcraft at all the right moments, resulting in a fascinating combination of mid-tempo pop sounds and lo-fi rock eccentricities. “Lucas” is a perfect example of this, with her satisfyingly naked, hummable pop verses blending into the hushed, off-kilter refrain. other tracks like “Infinite” and “Moths’’ offer inspired moments of discordance, while “I Tried” and “New Fair” lay out bold hooks that never stop giving.

The multi-instrumentalist works entirely on her own, writing, performing, and producing her noisy blasts of guitar music.

Matching dreamy elements against patches of distortion, HUSSY uses her music as a means to channel her emotions, and to enter a different world.

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