“Dead- end helter skelters”. “Mindless magnetism”. “Red hot white lies”. Despite only being 21 and having grown up in a small town, Nicolle Bairsto, Glossop-born singer-songwriter, is dead set on experiencing all she can of life and making a splash in the vast music world. In her lyrical array full of conflict - euphoric heartbreak, ecstatic uncertainty and carefree angst – lies a determined undercurrent of energy and youth that sparkles. Not to mention the honesty and warmth in her vocal performances that sucks you in. Before you know it, you’re caught up in the catchy melodies and vivid imagery of her stories.
Her songs meander around typical genre constraints and take inspiration from all areas of music. In Bairsto’s own words: “I want my music to challenge – whether it be how people feel, what a genre “should be”, what instruments you can use together. I want it to wholly and selfishly be the style it is.” From her song “Hit and Run” that mixes cool breathy beatboxing with the acoustic twang of country music, to her pop-focused track “The Long Game” complete with organic, weighty vocals and harmonies intertwined with polished drum machines. Nicolle is intent on paving her own path of musical individuality, cementing each brick by showcasing different aspects of her experiences and personality.
Bairsto’s latest song, vaguely titled “PCD”, brings elements of mystery to her portfolio. This feeling is continued as the first notes of the synths hit and her almost haunting vocals stretch out across the track: “You’re just a pressure cooker diamond”. A moment in which she is referring to finding a person that might not be your forever love, but you find and then turn to when things are tough and the pressure is high. This swiftly evolves into a track with a punch – the driving dance-inducing beat introduced by the quirky sound of a metronome.
“I always want to be moving forward. There has never been a better time than the present to push the envelope and create something new” Nicolle says, in an era when country, rock and pop have more blurred lines than ever. And listening as Bairsto’s tracks go from strength to strength, there is no doubt that even if one of her lyrics reads “Dead-end helter skelter”, her music career will not be.