Sad girl synth-pop and addiction metaphors go together like whisky and... well, more whisky. With her sophomore single set to the ominous pulse of a heartbeat, new face on the block Nicole Bullet eschews melodrama to create something wholly heartbreaking in its simplicity.
"Nicotine" may only be the second thing we've heard from the newcomer, but it's a confidently understated offering that drips with enviable atmosphere. It's a perfect storm: emotion veiled behind a front of restraint and composure. Nicole's voice is crystal clear – no breathy indie vocalist nonsense here – set to sparse piano and distant synth echoes.
"'Nicotine is a song of frustration," Nicole explains of the single. "It's about being with someone, and knowing they're like poison to you, and feeling all kinds of feelings whilst they seem completely emotionally detached."
It's no surprise "Nicotine" is such an assured sophomore single, when a solo career is just the tip of Nicole Bullet's iceberg. The singer – born in Sicily and now living in London – wrote poetry as a child before forming her first band at 14. This trajectory took her across the globe, coming to terms with the vastness of the world off the shores of Manhattan before returning to Europe to fly solo. Endorsed by everyone from singer/songwriter Frank Turner to author John Green, her debut single has already racked up over 35,000 streams.