The MuseBox today announced the release of Sad Generation, the debut album from Nikki W, the 16 year-old singer/songwriter from London, Ontario. The recent premiere of the first single/video for “Transparent Hands” became a Buzznet Featured Video due to it’s sheer popularity from viewers. Nikki’s style is a vibrant mix of guitars, piano, and haunting synths, all layered over a restless and hard-hitting rhythm section held together by Nikki’s enchanting voice. Already compared to Lana Del Ray and Metric, Nikki projects an emotional honesty and wisdom beyond her years. According to Sam Tweedle of The Pop Culture Addict, “Nikki’s voice and writing skills are astonishing for a girl her age.” Sad Generation was produced by Gavin Brown, and is available on Nikki’s official website.
Like every preceding generation, Nikki’s is filled with distinct loneliness and fear. According to Nikki, she is ready, willing, and able to speak on behalf of “gypsies, wallflowers, and those without a voice.” Her powerful, yet vulnerable, voice touches on love, doubt, sex, self-harm, and alienation – all themes common to Nikki and her peers. Nikki describes her music as “pop music with cuts, tattoos, and honesty.”
With straightforward, yet poignant, lyrics like, “Don’t know who to trust and who to doubt” and “Someone like you is much too wonderful, lovely for someone as sad as me,” Nikki has already garnered attention for her songwriting prowess. Although working with a producer with Brown’s credentials was at first intimidating, Nikki credits him with allowing her to grow through the songwriting and recording process. “I’ve been in and out of studios since I was 12. It’s kind of like a second home to me. I love going in and writing songs there, or just recording a track.”