Nisa’s music is inspired by the music of PJ Harvey and the Cure, with a tad of Japanese Breakfast and Liz Phair throw in, which is definitely not a bad thing. The singer/songwriter was Born to Albanian immigrants in the Bronx and raised on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Early in 2020, Nisa returned from time spent living in London to launch her solo project in New York. Unable to immediately begin studio work amidst the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, she co-produced and released two singles “Forget Me / Giving” and “Colossus.” Nisa will release her debut EP Guilt Trip on March 26, 2021. Ahead of the albums arrival, Nisa has shared the “Growing Pains.” We definitely hope to hear more soon.
Guilt Trip, is described as an eclectic mix of songs rooted in emotional detachment and reticence, especially surrounding dissolved relationships and a failure to communicate. Working with close collaborator/guitarist Fritz Ortman, as well as producer Ronnie Di Simone, Nisa assembled a band from area musicians, including drummer Zac Coe (Del Water Gap) and guitarist Nick Cianci. The songs, written solo, were arranged with the help of Di Simone at his private studio, Brick Box, and recorded at Studio G in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. While each song embodies a different stage of the turbulent and ambiguous journey toward self-acceptance, the tracks are united by a sense of anxiety and the desire for change.