8 months ago Nina Nesbitt was a 17 year-old singer/songwriter from Scotland who was uploading videos to YouTube and basically going through the motions - now in April 2012, she has just finished supporting Ed Sheeran on his first European tour, will be supporting Example on his first UK arena tour and is set to release her full debut EP 'The Apple Tree' in two weeks time. Although it was her covers of the aforementioned Sheeran & Gleave that shot her into the spotlight, Nina is a fabulous songwriter in her own right, and that is what that shines through more than anything on this wonderful body of work.
The EP opens with the title track and lead single 'The Apple Tree' - an upbeat/catchy piece of soulful Folk, which is all about being young and naive in a relationship with someone who is persistently adamant on breaking your heart. 'Seesaw' follows, and finds Nina very cleverly referring to the iconic piece of playground equipment as the measuring apparatus in a relationship, which she constantly finds herself falling off, because of the mistakes that she keeps making. The young Scot then puts down her guitar for the exceptional 'Hold You', which is a piano-driven ballad and my favourite track on the EP - the song delves into the difficulties faced by couples who have to spend long periods of time away from the ones they love, and allows Nina to showcase her stunning vocal range in a way that we haven't had chance to hear before. 'Only Love' is up next, which for me possesses the best chorus on the EP, and is a very happy and warm love song explaining how life has become so much better since finding that one important person in your life, and hoping they feel the same way about you. To close, the guitar is once again put down, with the piano coming to the forefront, which somehow makes Nina's vocals sound even more pure and enchanting than usual. 'Make Me Fall' is another beautiful love song and is the perfect way to wrap up proceedings.
Many people will have heard some of Nina's work, whether it be the covers on YouTube or her 'Live Take EP', but this is a must listen for anyone wanting to properly introduce themselves to her music, or if you're just a fan of good music. The EP on the whole is all about growing up, the mistakes you make in relationships and how you become a better person by learning from those mistakes. The main thing that stands out for me is the maturity of the songwriting and level of musicianship for someone of such a tender age, which is helped in part by award-winning producer Jake Gosling, who is the man behind the boards throughout. The concept is amazing, the lyrical content is flawless and the project simply puts a massive smile on my face from start to finish, which if we're all being honest, is all we want music to do.
Pre-order April 16th, and you will get your copy on April 23rd - for now, go buy some Granny Smiths and watch the Apple Tree video below.