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The Alternative Sounds of Nikol

Nikol, an alternative pop band hailing from Nashville, Tennessee, has been making waves since their inception. Their debut album, Bittersweet, garnered them thirteen licensing offers for hit TV shows such as "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," "The Real World," and "WWE." They have also performed at prestigious music festivals like SXSW and Vans Warped Tour multiple times, as well as opened for notable acts such as Pop Evil, Failure Anthem, Icon for Hire and Eyes Set To Kill.

Their latest single, "Headspace," is a testament to their unique blend of musical styles. "Headspace" is a contemporary and experimental track that defies genre restrictions. The song begins with a filtered pad, which quickly transitions into a synth bass and distant guitars. The vocals are captivating and the background instrumentation is equally impressive.

The chorus is catchy, lush and well executed. It’s the type of hook that brings you more into the song and once it’s gone you’re ready for another round.

The second verse expands with the various instrumental components blending into a vast array of textures and colors. The second chorus displays that Nikol has more unique things to offer, with orchestral strings creating tension, and the addition of the drone creating a unique and original sound.

In this day and age, I think the topic of this song is very relevant. The message felt hopeful but also creates empathy. There’s unequivocally a lot of mental health issues in today’s society and Nikol is able to shine a light on that with this song.

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