Nude – Oh My Lady (Nude Music)
Manchester-based quartet Nude have travelled from the corners of Britain to show the North West how to remember Northern Soul with indie pop guitars and thoughtful melodies. Jon Ashley listens in.
Nude hail from all over the UK convening at the Northern College of Music in Manchester. With homegrown perspectives transported from their own cities (Cardiff, London, Edinburgh), the quartet also happen to boast the grandson of poet Beryl Bainbridge in their line up.
This DIY release forges their sound as it brims with the spinning top beats and melodies of Northern Soul and pulses with the glimmer of an indie pop heartbeat. These bright young things shimmy their harmonised vocals and shuffled guitars to the rhythm of a double time snare drum with impressively sharp stabbing chords that feast on the spirit of a post-Mod Weller.
Oh My Lady also showcases a number of other tracks the outfit recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales. These are worth exploring for more of their new wave indie soul slant (check Both One Heart and the extended jam that can be found on Wave). On their other tracks, you can also detect and taste other elements of the 60s and 70s creeping through. Whilst there’s a jangle factor and perhaps a melodic overstatement at times, they have an interesting portfolio that could form the basis of a rather cunning musical masterplan. With this much overflow of talent, they are surely ones to watch.
All words by Jon Ashley. More work by Jon Ashley on Louder Than War can be found here.