Rising singer-songwriter and dark pop’s new queen Nessa Barrett today reveals her anxiously awaited debut ‘pretty poison’ EP, which is out now via Warner Records. It is accompanied by a new visual for the EP track ‘keep me afraid’.
Nessa commented, “‘pretty poison’ tells the story of my life over the past year since moving to LA, experiencing fame and dealing with social media, toxic friendships/relationships, my mental health and personal struggles, and falling in love with someone who really understands me. I’ve been working so hard on the music and visuals, and have put my heart and soul into this project. I’m so excited to finally share it with the world!”
These seven tracks show every side of her. Illuminating the scope of her signature style, she leans into a lullaby melody on the darkly catchy ‘grave’, while ‘i wanna die’ feels tailormade for the closing credits of a classic nineties slasher flick. Her jazzy intonation adds raw emotion to ‘scare myself’ as she admits, “Sometimes I even scare myself.” And over wobbling distortion on the title track “pretty poison,” she urges, “Say my name, say my name like you know it’s holy.”
The ‘pretty poison’ EP was preceded by the breaking single ‘i hope ur miserable until ur dead’. It went straight to #8 on Spotify and trended at #9 on YouTube in addition to debuting in the Top 40, resulting in her very first entry on the Billboard Hot 100. It subsequently became the #1 Most Added at Alternative Radio.
Nessa broke out big this year with ‘la di die’, her collaboration with jxdn which was produced by the legendary Travis Barker and has amassed over 200 million streams. The duo made their late-night television debut performance with ‘la di die’ onJimmy Kimmel Live! and also performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The song also received widespread acclaim from Clash, MTV, Elite Daily, Buzzfeed and Nylon.