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Nicarus premiere a music video for the title track of her debut album »Coal People, Coal Puppets«

Nicarus premiere a music video for the title track of her debut album, »Coal People, Coal Puppets«, which was released in January 2021. The album will see a re-release as a fully remastered album later this year.

Hailing from Israel, Nicarus is an alternative rock/indie/doom pop solo project by vocalist, guitarist, producer and sound engineer Tali Green.

Nicarus comments: “»Coal People, Coal Puppets« is one of my most personal and meaningful creations, it was the birth of Nicarus and written in a realm between the worlds in times of both darkness and light.

The video was crafted in beautiful locations between lockdowns with the help of talanted people and me behind camera due to my second love to filming and creating visual art as well.

This is also a remaster version of the song, as i need more time to let it rest, and my ears too while i write new music and look for help to take Nicarus out there to the stages where she is wanted, welcome and belong and will come to it later with better tools and understanding. I plan to release a remaster version of this entire album, hopefully, by the end of the year.”

Courtesy of Dewar PR:

While rock’s popularity in Israel has been in steady decline over the last couple of decades, there are still geniuses that emerge with fresh takes on the genre’s varying strands, especially on the darker side of the coin. One such talented individual is Tali Green who founded Nicarus in 2015. After the success of her debut EP »Holy Sun Father Spirit« last year, 2021 sees the fruition of full-length »Coal People Coal Puppets« which was done 100% DIY.

Nicarus’ chosen sound was born through a ton of experimentation which resulted in a fresh sound that lurks somewhere in the realms of gloomy alt-rock, doom, grunge, and elements of dark pop for lack of a better description. Green’s vocals range vastly, from delicate and breathy to buried screams, while her guitar playing weaves neat almost bluesy solos in with heavy riffing. The result draws to mind artists like Emma Ruth Rundle, Chelsea Wolfe, and Julie Christmas, while a blend of old school Nirvana or other 90s heavy rock bands seen through a unique experimental prism provides the instrumental part of the soundtrack.

Each of the six songs is a wild ride, not least due to the unpredictable track times and unnerving samples. »Are You Afraid To Die Alone« is the first taste of the former, stretching comfortably to six minutes to encapsulate the reverberating rush after the opening shoegazing »We Can See Their Lies«. Later on, »The Architect Of Grime« takes us on a nine-minute journey through dark rock, literature readings, and even pseudo-operatic moments a la Kate Bush. We finish out on the marvelously titled »The Stuff You Pack When You Are A Time Traveler«, a representation of Apollo 11 in musical form as a slow and lumbering number, before rounding out in a blastoff to wherever Nicarus are headed next.

In short, »Coal People, Coal Puppets« is a singular experience that goes beyond words. Those who enjoy the artists named above will no doubt find a lot to enjoy here, but there is so much more to unpack as you delve deeper down the rabbit hole. Nicarus are absolutely deserving of your attention.

Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well

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