‘These Walls’ is the debut single by the British-Portuguese musician Nessi Gomes, a composer and lyricist of rare invention and beauty. Born on the tiny Island of Guernsey to a family of immigrants from Portugal, Gomes channels influences from both sides of her ethnicity, blending the essence of the traditional, ‘larger than life’ Fado folk music with progressive British inspiration.
“I wrote the song at a time of great pressure. It was the beginning of something new and it felt extremely frightening. ‘These Walls’ are inside of me, inside of us. It is the imagined expectations we project onto ourselves and the outside world.” Nessi Gomes
‘These Walls’ is the first offering from Diamonds & Demons, Nessi’s debut album out October 14th. For almost two years, Nessi and her producer Duncan Bridgeman (Grammy nominee, ‘1 Giant Leap’) together dug an uncharted tunnel into the artist’s turbulent heart and soul. The album was recorded (on a small boat on Regent’s canal) following a fundraising campaign in April 2015 during which more than $50,000 was raised. Nessi toured in the wake of the campaign, playing in 15 European countries from July to October 2015 to her growing fanbase.
She also played 3 sets at Glastonbury this year and was supported by BBC Introducing (that’s big for new acts, trust me).