Nyssa started her first band when she was 12. She spent her teens and early 20s honing her chops in Toronto-sweethearts, Modern Superstitions, working with members of Fucked Up, Holy Fuck, and Sloan along the way.
Now, with over a decade of writing and performing under her belt, Nyssa is releasing her debut EP, Champion of Love, which includes the single “Cowboy”—a slow-burn countrified-disco gem that doles out Dolly Parton-esque wisdom and sass over sultry chugging synths. Nyssa helmed the production and arrangements, while enlisting AL-P (MSTRKRFT) for co-production, Ben Reinhartz (Dilly Dally) on drums, and Jeff McMurrich (Idée Fixe Records) to mix.
Champion of Love evades classification. Influences vary frenetically—from Lady Wilde to Danzig, Joe Dante to ABBA, Mary Gaitskill to STAX classics— Nyssa seems to inhabit some kind of enchanted forest-cum-trash palace where power-pop, punk, soul, glam, disco, and country all get doled out in equal, glitter-soaked measure.
The titular track is a puckish celebration of youth/sneering critique of conservative adulthood. “Life Is Hard” is a two-chord messy-girl anthem and class takedown. “Eyes on The Prize” is a tale of love and threesomes and dive-bars set to glitched-out Gary Numan. “Angelica” is the fantasy-radio-hit of a reimagined rock and roll landscape.
Nyssa is a singer, songwriter, producer, and performer for our age, and Champion of Love is the beginning of an era.
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