EP PREMIERE: NYLON SMILE “ANGEL OF DOUBT”
Nylon Smile is Nikolas Soelter, once of the Bay Area band Never Young but now moved back home to L.A. and debuting this intricate/intimate new project. Exquisitely produced by Jay Som‘s Melina Duterte with vocals by Taylor Vick (of Boy Scouts) and piano by San Francisco songwriter Rose Droll, Angel Of Doubt is a sophisticated and imaginative set of songs, with each track offering its own particular sort of individual personality.
There’s the title track’s lightly psychedelic neo-AOR, the Elliott Smith-style slow-burner “My Horse,” the tortured guitar lead on “Rinse & Release,” the classic indie “Dust” and the pitched-down negative-space ballad “Younger,” which finishes the EP like an especially stark ” … to be continued.” The series-of-short-stories feel isn’t an accident, says Soelter. Instead, Angel was designed as a chance for a set of ideas to run to their limits: “This band started as an outlet for songs that weren’t finding a home in any of my noiser projects, and also as a chance to just try out things,” he says. “I really love short songs, and songs that more like vignettes. ‘Angel of Doubt’ and ‘Younger’ are both really brief, kind of linear songs. It felt good to not overthink every detail and just do it.”