Emily Lockett’s Nice Eyes makes for a beautiful introduction to the artist’s music and songwriting for those who are yet to stumble upon it. The delicacy and evolving warmth of the song creates the perfect folk-pop ambiance within which listeners can find themselves calmed and comforted. Emily’s voice leads with a certain softness that appears undoubtedly genuine, and with that comes an inclination to really listen to the lyrics – at which point the authenticity of her writing and her whole approach to creativity reaches even greater heights.
Nice Eyes is a song that quickly feels familiar due to the effective and professionally crafted set-up. On top of this though, it’s one that, once it has grabbed your attention, soon seeks to win your affection – this is done with subtle touches of character and realness that really let the intricacies of the writing and the performance shine brightly. You can trust in the warmth, the crisp yet gentle details, the colour, to let you truly escape into the music at the end of a long day. At the same time, you can clearly hear quite precisely what a live performance would sound like, and this gives the release something all the more real to appreciate and connect with. An inherent sense of humanity comes through in both the writing and the presentation, which works wonders for making this a memorable introduction to Emily Lockett’s music.
Nice Eyes is far from the first of her releases – at just sixteen years of age there’s an incredible level of talent and musical awareness in all of her work, suggesting with near certainty a bright and exciting future in songwriting. I look forward to hearing the longer project in the coming months, and I recommend those who stumble upon the opportunity to check out a live show some time this year.