2024 is shaping up to be a big year for Nell Mescal. The 20-year-old rising alt/pop star is dropping ‘Killing Time’, a vibrant new track that sinks into her own emotional journey. Give it a spin below.
The song reflects on a past relationship, with Mescal pondering the depth of her former partner’s investment. “It’s a song written about looking back on a relationship and wondering if the other person was just as invested or just killing time,” Nell explains.
The announcement of ‘Killing Time’ comes alongside exciting news: the release of her debut EP, Can I Miss It For A Minute?, set to come out later this year via LAB Records. It represents a significant milestone for Mescal, encapsulating her experiences of growing up, navigating friendships, and finding closure. “Each song tells a part of the same story with a beginning, middle, and an end,” she adds, offering a glimpse into the thematic depth of the upcoming project.
2023 was a breakout year for Mescal. Her music, drawing on her Irish roots and family, resonated with listeners and critics alike, earning her nominations and features in prestigious publications like i-D, The New York Times, and Rolling Stone. But it’s not just her songwriting that’s been turning heads; her dynamic live performances have captivated audiences across the UK and Europe, including notable appearances at festivals like Latitude and Electric Picnic.
As Mescal gears up for her debut EP’s release, she’s also embarking on a UK headline tour, set to kick off in Nottingham on January 23rd and wrapping up with a sold-out show at London’s Omeara on January 31st. This tour is a testament to her growing popularity and her ability to connect with audiences on and off the stage.
With ‘Killing Time’, Nell Mescal continues to cement her position as a rising star in the alt/pop scene, offering a fresh voice and perspective. As she puts it, “It’s about moving on from things that used to have a hold on me.” And with her debut EP on the horizon, 2024 is looking like it could be Nell Mescal’s most exciting year yet.
Nell Mescal’s 2024 LIVE TOUR DATES
23 Nottingham Bodega
24 Birmingham Hare & Hounds
25 Liverpool Leaf (Sold Out)
27 Manchester Deaf Institute (Sold Out)
28 Brighton Komedia Studio
29 Bristol Rough Trade
31 London Omeara (Sold Out)
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