Reclusive psychedelic artist returns...

It's all so excitingly English.

nick nicely - always spelt lower case, always - first emerged in the post-punk era, a time when everyone from Wire to Joy Division to Gang Of Four had at least one neo-psychedelic moment.

Well, nick nicely had a cupboard full. Snapped up by EMI, 'Hilly Fields' matches spirit of '67 whimsy with traces of synth pop and remains utterly remarkably.

Something of a one man Flying Dutchman, performances are few and far between - when the songwriter does emerge onstage, though, he chooses to wear a veil.

WIth a new album due for release later this year, nick nicely is now able to unveil his next single. 'HeadwindAheadwind' has a woozy, seasick feeling, almost as if it was mastered onto a cassette which had been left out in the rain.

There's a smudged quality to the sound, a feeling of being outside oneself which is profoundly lysergic. Yet nick nicely remains expertly in control, with the single ratcheting along like a perfect pop song.

Listen to it now.


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