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May 16, 2024

Nudista Release New EP “Nothing Makes Sense Until It Does”

Out Now via Sad Club Records

Following a string of acclaimed singles, London-based alt-folk duo, nudista today release their sophomore EP, ‘Nothing Makes Sense Until It Does’ which is via Sad Club Records.

Partly inspired by the liberation that comes with knowing you cannot control everything in your life, the EP blooms with a warm energy that saturates all of the four tracks.

A large part of what these songs are about is an understanding that we do not exist in isolation, let alone create in it” Pilar says. “This whole EP celebrates that, it wouldn’t have been possible without all of the people that have helped us along the way, the emotional support that has made making music possible, the people who have believed in the music and have offered to help in many different ways and all of the people who continue to show support by listening to our music, coming to shows or simply acknowledging us as musicians.”

Formed by Pilar Matji Cabello and Robbie Carman while they were both studying at the University of London, nudista came together over a shared love of acts such as Mazzy Star, Yo La Tengo and Neil Young. Robbie had been in and out of various bands from his teens, giving him an eclectic range of stylistic influences, while Pilar’s upbringing in her native Spain has also brought something to the band’s sound. Those first recordings became their debut EP, ‘Halfway Here’, written during the pandemic and released via Sad Club Records in 2021. The emotional self-reflection of the duo’s songwriting has only continued to get stronger as they use music to navigate their way through a continuously changing world.

EP opener “Different Eyes” is the perfect first-track release to showcase the immense power of this duo. The track opens with an introduction to these bright jangly textures as the exploration roll towards this immense explosive turn. Nudsita have this understanding of emotion that controls the importance of their vision. The rolling movement shuffles intently and assists with this marching consistency to the structure, which is then joined by Robbie’s brooding vocal tones. As the lyrics sweep through the complex instrumentation, the weight of the release evolves and you are surrounded with emotive currents. The track dynamically shifts towards the vivid unison of both Pilar and Robbie’s harmonies, united and injecting immediate emotional traits to the ensemble, layering up the voyage with this heartfelt influx of affection. The melodies melt and the guitar tone shimmers throughout the expressive creation.

It’s a truly intimate ensemble, the sheer intimacy and raw lyrics offer this internal questioning, and they pain the journey with this crushing sentiment. It’s poignant, it’s powerful and it’s ready to not only command the audience’s attention but also challenge. The composition builds up to this jaunty finale and as the textures fade out we appreciate the immense power that Nudista convey, their infectious energy resonates throughout the release and this track allows this easy connection to move the listeners.

With an opener that is so compelling, the rest of the EP follows with the same qualities and stirring attributes. The second track “Waiting Line” portrays the pair in an entirely new rhythm, as they share their most anthemic arrangement to-date. Through the brighter chords and the sweeping intensity bursting from the power of the instrumentation, this immediate joyous essence oozes from the landscape. The atmosphere embraces this feel-good momentum with the vocal harmonies that lift the vision, whilst the lyrics capture a certain friction penning the angst and frustration, the delivery touches on a bright contrast which adds to the many addictive hooks of the single. With this remarkable creation, nudista shows their flex, they can effortlessly dip into heavenly ensembles filled with emotive authenticity to a robust shift as they produce indie pop triumphs such as this ensemble.

This pair have this contagious energy, their vision together excels and their arrangements can easily be connected with by their audience, this is.

Next up is “Somebody else”. The delicate and rhythmic guitar strings flow with this gentle ease whilst the ambience touches on this minimalist and expressive nature, focusing on the prowess of the vocal harmonies, powerfully gliding through the intimate lyrics and shifting through this range whilst completely hooking the audience on the emotional voyage. The minimalist instrumentation alters with the warm percussive shuffles and the brooding strings, these key tone additions stir the quantity of affection that oozes from such a fragile arrangement.

Finally the EP ends on “Codependency“, the rightful closing track and longest-length composition on the record. This breezy air emerges from the acoustic rhythmic guitar strings and the country-infused resonating strings that shape the immersive atmosphere. Present throughout, is this distinct rich character running through this arrangement that captures a truly vibrant appeal. Whilst the brooding vocal notes from Robbie take centre stage in this composition, the lyrics perfectly capture this evolvement of growth from start to finish, whilst the harmonic serenades shift with the elevating breaks from Pilar’s softer harmonies. The strong focus on the gripping melodies adds to the intensity that progresses through the shuffling journey.  The folk-informed guitar and warmth from the tonality gives a nod to the 60’s, and 70’s folk guitar classics. To capture that influence within their composition and yet produce something so fresh is a remarkable skill of these musicians.

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