Nicola's journey from shy and standoffish to trendy solo songstress is one discussed with admirable honesty throughout her debut offering. "Baby in the corner learning quick/Keep up, keep up, keep up," she admits on the bitchy, Diplo-assisted trailer single 'Beat of my Drum', a nod to her naivety after winning a spot in the band at just 16 years old.
The confessional lyrics continue throughout; from the wistful on 'Yo-Yo' ("I'm the kind of girl who likes to dram a lot"), to the quirky and conversational on the title track ("He tried to seduce me/ Off his head/ I'm allergic to dairy," she quips before unleashing her inner Kate Bush), to the painfully literal 'Sticks + Stones' ("hurt just a little") - the result is genuinely endearing rather than over-egged.
Thankfully, her no-muss edge and bonkers production courtesy of the likes of Dragonette and Metronomy's Joseph Mount means Cinderella's Eyes is far from being the pity party the lyrics would suggest. In fact, between Mount's work on the moody-electro 'i' and coolly anthemic Invisible Men-assisted 'Say It Out Loud', she sounds more at ease than she ever did pre-hiatus - not that we'd want to tempt fate or anything.
Tracks to download: 'Beat of my Drum', 'Cinderella's Eyes', 'Say It Out Loud', 'Sticks + Stones'
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Listen to 'Sticks + Stones' below: