Had you Googled “Nussy”, prior to her gig at the Workers Club, you could’ve made comparisons between her and the heavyweight champion of euro-pop, Robyn. Nussy’s blond crop, iridescent sound and quirky presentation just easily leads one on that train of thought. Ironically, Robyn’s ‘Dancing On My Own’ played as Nussy was first spotted on stage, refining her setup.
The Melbourne local is obviously influenced by the mega-Swede, even without checking her dedicated-to-Robyn-Instagram-posts. This isn’t a bad thing; her inspiration comes from a great place. It’s especially not a bad thing, when you still prove authenticity as a performer. Nussy certainly did that, in front of a close to capacity audience, last Thursday night.
The essence of euro-pop was intensified with fairy-light trimmings and a disco ball that cast its shimmer across the room. Further pizazz came via Nussy’s reappearance on stage, wearing a sequined two-piece by Discount Universe, and inflatable balls, designed to explode with confetti, that were launched into the crowd. The balls were a fun addition to Nussy’s mini spectacle, but soon became a testing distraction as they didn’t seem to pop and were still darting around by the time she tried to sing a ballad.
The lunar sounding polish and sheen of Nussy’s lead single and show opener, ‘Dizzy’, stirred the crowd into focus with the singer’s pixie-pitched vocals. Her voice was soon downcast into brassier terrain by the second number, which segued into a cover of Gnarls Barkley’s ‘Crazy’. Further covers were aptly done with a rendition of ‘Young Blood’ by The Naked and Famous, as well as ‘1901’ by Phoenix, performed as an encore. These tracks blended well with all songs performed from her self-titled EP.
Seeing Nussy live can rid the perception one might understandably have of her, that she is all pop-sugar and electronic-spice, born of the DIY era of the Internet-star. The reality is, in a live format, she is a more wholesome presence with instrumental strength. There were moments when she played keys and her backing band of four gents created engaging, preservative free sounds that were undoubtedly appreciated by all in attendance.
Nussy was recognisably thrilled to see an overcrowded venue before her. It was a special occasion, for an artist transitioning into recognition, and for us, the audience, to gain recognition of an artist worth knowing.