Here’s something delightful for you ears, equally (if not more so) beautiful for your eyes, and hopefully worthy of an appearance on the site! Formerly frontman of cult Manchester indie band The Mutineers, here comes the debut solo single from Nicholas James Mallins – a beautiful, flowing piece of sonic art.
The accompanying video features the visual art of the much sought-after Dan Huiting, the man responsible for much of Pitchforks video output (including sessions, features and interviews with the likes of Robyn, Father John Misty, Bon Iver Liars, The Tallest Man On Earth, Local Natives, and Battles, in addition to the official video for Bon Iver’s ‘Beth/Rest’ video, and the visual trailers for Jason Vernon’s side-project Volcano Choir.
Nicholas James Mallins
If I Were King
‘If I Were King’ is the exhilarating debut solo single from Nicholas James Mallins.
Having spent his 20’s fronting cult indie band ‘Mutineers’, the enigmatic songwriter has begun to explore a very different path, revealing an introductory track that is a beautiful, flowing piece of sonic art.
Over a bed of pulsating beats, piano swells and waves of bubbling bass, oblique lyrics hint at renewal and regeneration out of decay, before launching into the kind of sweeping, sing-a-long chorus that punctuated his revered songs with Mutineers.
“I’ve been living in a buttercup”, sings Mallins, a tender nod to his pop sensibilities. Possessing a natural ability to articulate, with drops of expression amongst stylish self-assuredness, this debut will cement Nicholas James Mallins’ reputation as a fine lyricist armed with prodigious killer hooks.
‘If I Were King’, is the first piece in a triptych of tracks due to be released by Nicholas James Mallins. An exploration of the expressive and conceptual capabilities of the genre, the collection has been labelled ‘Le Rebutant’. Recorded in EVE studios with seminal producer Martin King, this initial movement is a fresh yet timeless work of momentum and emotion, the reverberating hint of a building crescendo.
Currently the epicentre of a vibrant, free thinking Manchester scene, EVE’s reverie and Bauhaus rhetoric runs through the veins of ‘If I were King’, resulting in a modern electronic record, created with both vintage machinery and a conscious rejection of the artificiality of contemporary techniques.
‘If I were King’ is accompanied by a breath-taking video directed by Dan Huiting (Bon Iver, St.Vincent). Filmed over a month in Iceland, it perfectly captures the melancholic divinity of a track born out of the insistence of nature. Artwork is supplied by world-renowned New York graphic designer Mario Hugo, and completes Mallins’ vision of creating something truly extraordinary.
With the track starting to be picked up in the clubs of Berlin, Madrid and Amsterdam, plans are in place to do a series of performances in abandoned cultural venues across Europe. Starting in Vienna this summer it will explore his world of grace, decadence and decay, of which ‘If I Were King’ is a tantalising glimpse.
Influenced by a wide range of artists from John Hopkins to Nick Drake, Mallins’ solo career promises to deliver something grand, something stark and something undeniably beautiful.
“Others end where I begin” Is the bold opening to the next chapter of Nicholas James Mallins’ career, delivered with a louche, aching fragility.
“Lately, It’s all about me” Nicholas James Mallins proclaims.
He could well be right…
“If I Were King” is released in digital format on March 9th 2015