Nicole Atkins & the Sea – The Party’s Over

So the other night I found my new indie crush, and it’s probably not an exclusive thing seeing as how she was in an American Express commercial that was pretty widely circulated. But I’ll be honest, I didn’t realize that before she opened for the Raveonettes (who have a crush-worthy babe of their own).

Nicole Atkins is originally from Neptune, New Jersey, and despite having grown up a metal-head, she’s turned herself into quite the crooner, with a country/classical sounding voice that seems somewhat out of place, yet oddly perfect for the retro-pop that she’s made her calling card (no pun intended). The song selected is both the best song available on her myspace page (though Brooklyn is Burning is a close second), and the song used in the AMEX commercial.

Her style was a welcome lead-in the Raveonettes, who have found their own niche with 50s/60s style surf-rock/motown as delivered by the Jesus and Mary Chain/My Bloody Valentine (listen to Noisy Summer and you’ll be trying to drain the feedback from your skull for a week). It was an evening from another time, like the Rat Pack opening for Buddy Holly if he were joined on-stage by Dick Dale.

Her new album is due out later this month, and she’ll be on Letterman on the 30th. She’s also very easy to look at for a 40 minute set. I’ll be honest, this isn’t normally the type of stuff I go in for. It’s more my sister’s speed, but there’s something about it I’m really digging on. I’ll fully admit that after the formerly known as Mazarin and Simple Kid triumphs, I may be laying an egg on this one, but it’s a chance I’m willing to take. I just can’t get this song out of my head.

Here’s the AMEX ad if you want to know what she looks like (she was hotter in person)

7 Responses to “Nicole Atkins & the Sea – The Party’s Over”


  • She has a nice voice. Like a cross between Alison Goldfrapp, someone country, and someone else, without the robot disco. Actually her voice could go any number of directions. If it had some swirling strings through the chorus then back to the other stuff it would be nice. I like everthing ‘cept the chorus. Songs that go “go go go” and “wo wo won’t” are maybe a little Starbucks for me.

    You and your crushes. You are addicted!

  • I love all the lovely ladies.

  • so what exactly is this diff between “go go go” and
    no no no?

  • Nicole’s actually not “indie” at all; she’s on Columbia, and her CD is being sneak previewed (i.e., “leaked”) by mtvU (whatever that is). Go here to check it out. I promise you, you will LOVE “Love Surreal” if you’re a rock fan, and for pure emotion, “Cool Enough” gets my vote.

    Oh, and if you would like to know more about Nic, I invite you to read my cover story about her in this month’s issue of Upstage Magazine.

  • Oops, I forgot to include the link to the Neptune City stream. Here it is. Enjoy!!

  • Yeah, I thought about that after I chose that tag, but darnit if she isn’t touring with the the super-indie Gliss, and the newly indie Raveonettes, which kind of makes her honorary indie. At least, that’s how I’m going to rationalize it.

    And I’m pretty sure I already read that (and I thought it was cool, Laura!), but thanks for the invitation. And I’m sure I speak for the proprietors of this here place when I say thanks for stopping by.

    Oh, and I used to really like Dada, too.

  • So, if she isn’t indie, does that mean that others can claim her as crush worthy? What are the rules to this perv fest?

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