Nick Davies is an up-and-coming English singer/songwriter. Born in Fazakerley, Liverpool, and based in Anthem, Arizona, Davies showcases a unique musical approach, combining classic art pop melodies and blues rhythms on a string-based foundation. His latest single, “Earth Without Art,” continues the skillful implementation of those characteristics, and was pertinently written amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
The single opens with a shimmering, 70s-inspired Hammond B3 chord sequence, Davies’s ‘old soul’ singing emitting a distinctly British tone similarly reminiscent of that generation’s representative vocalists. Emotive as it is grooving, the song centers on a somber reality as a result of present turmoil, with mere glimpses of nature’s recovery seeming like an ironically beneficial, albeit still-distant byproduct in part with the world’s lifestyle. Its gradually-implemented acoustic guitars add lushness to the feel going forward, as Davies continues expressing the contentious uncertainty of our circumstances. Once the crunchy guitar-driven, piano-backed, and harmony-tinged chorus hits, Davies stresses the importance of heartfelt creativity in an era where such modes are otherwise challenged. A big plus for the song, from a thematic standpoint, lies in its unaltered, broad pop appeal, as it doesn’t necessarily feel the need to explicitly emphasize frequently used, quarantine era clichés. Davies has a solid sound as this decade moves forward, and whatever future material releases thereafter is certain to stack up.
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