Northern Ireland's nicha Releases New Single 'Saltwater Song'
By Kevin Murray. Photograph by Nathan Magee
In a wash of haunting harmonies, delicious melodies and touches of Asian influence, saltwater song will submerge your ears into a dream-state. nicha’s new track ebbs and flows like a sonic rollercoaster painting the picture of someone who desires more from their life than what is in store currently. This budding young artist has worked with producer Michael Mormecha to conjure up another fresh, new track. With subtle hints of electronica, elements of folk and a strong essence of soft-rock, saltwater song shows off nicha’s ability to blend genres once again, rolling off the back of her last critically acclaimed track; little bird. nicha has exposed herself with vulnerability and attitude in saltwater song through captivating lyrics, superb music and a unique, unforgettable voice.
About the song nicha says..."saltwater song is liberating and empowering. It tells the story of someone who is struggling to overcome personal issues such as a bad relationship, addiction or an unhealthy habit. Weighted by these issues they are unable to become their best self or reach their full potential. The lyrics of saltwater song express the passing of time and the fear of being swept up in distraction and forgetting where you are meant to be going. The music reflects this as well through a wash of melodies and dreamy instrumentals." nicha is a 23-year-old Northern Irish native, born and raised in Holywood, Co. Down and also known as Lucy Robinson. In July 2020 nicha took the scene by storm with her debut single Devices – a song about our society being addicted to our phones. nicha has been about for a mere hot minute and has already been critically acclaimed by some big names, drawing attention from BBC Radio Ulster’s Stephen McCauley, RTE 2 FM’s Dan Hegarty, RTE 2XM, Hot Press and more. nicha’s Hendrix, Dylan and Marley fueled childhood created the basis of her musical palette. These days she listens to a cocktail of artists from a mixture of genres including pop, folk, electronic, hip hop and indie. She takes inspiration from the likes of Tash Sultana, Loyle Carner, Jack Johnson, Bonobo and Jamie xx. With her clever lyrics laced with subtle humour and soothing voice, nicha captivates you and speaks to you. She writes about her own personal struggles as well as those of friends and family. In her music, she talks about people, mental health, environmental issues and the world as it is around us. nicha aims to help people and draw awareness to current issues we face day to day in a powerful yet easy-listening way. nicha’s heart lies in Belfast but already her music has taken her around the world. When she finished school at 18, she packed up her guitar and headed to Australia where she busked around the cities of Sydney and Melbourne and taught kids how to sail on the side. From playing in any open mic night she could find she secured a few residencies in Melbourne and a slot at the renowned St Kilda Twilight Market. nicha stopped in Nepal on the way home playing a few tunes in Kathmandu and ended up living there for a month and a half. “My time travelling around Australia and Nepal taught me so much about people, cultures, independence and myself. It gave me a lot of inspiration and insight into other people’s lifestyles and ways of thinking, giving me a lot to write about.” – nicha.