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Pink Nasty
Mold the Gold (Self-Released)

By: Scott D. Lewis

Somehow, I?m doubting that Pink Nasty is this woman?s birth name?even if her brother is provocative rapper Black Nasty? No matter, what?s important is that her music is enchanting, involving and beguiling. With the singing style of a classic jazz singer that?s woken up to the world of pop-rock, Pink Nasty infuses each of the 13 tracks on Mold the Gold with mystery and sleepy sensuality. ?BTK Blues,? (as in the serial killer), is a gently gritty track that takes alt country as its base and polishes it up until it?s something splendid bringing the greatness of Hazeldine to mind, while a few tracks down, ?Dirty Soap? lovingly rips off Spoon as it bristles along with walls of distorted guitars, charging rhythms and Nasty?s Joan Jett-on-Valium vocals. It?s a fully realized, deliberate, confident and wholly satisfying sound. But she isn?t content to just keep dolling out the same tasty treat again and again. A few of the songs are certainly in the singer-songwriter category, though even on those, such as ?Golden Smoke,? there enough sonic textures to make the sound fresh and interesting. Pink Nasty even show some humor, starting ?Take it Back? as a terrible piece of Ethel Merman crooning before shifting up and turning the song into a bristling slice of head-nodding, sugary pop. Picking the top track here is tough, but ?Thirsty Thursday,? with its smeared sound, understated hooks and airy patches ranks right up there. But as the saying goes: It?s all good. This one?s recommended for fans of KT Tunsall, Beth Orton, Fiona Apple and anyone interested in authentic music that puts honesty, integrity and art above commercial concerns.

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