Chants is the debut album by Seattle multi-instrumentalist/singer Nouela. Born to Norwegian & Korean parents, Nouela Johnston spent the first 11 years of her life living in Korea and learning to love music. It is no accident that the musical craft and composition that Nouela displays on Chants feels like the endeavor of an experienced singer and songwriter.
The sonic terrain of Chants appears like the dark landscape of a musically Darwinian island that mirrors Nouela’s upbringing: an enigmatic and isolated place where Carole King’s Tapestry has been allowed to co-mingle for countless generations with PJ Harvey’s To Bring you My Love and Fiona Apple’s Tidal. What emerges is a unique body of music that is both ambitious without being self-indulgent and vulnerable without being piteous.