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New York City-based Artist Nisa Releases Her New EP 'Time To Plant Tears'

New York City-based artist, Nisa, shared her latest EP, Time To Plant Tears which follows on from recent singles, "Cold," "The Savior" and "St James Gate" that found support at Consequence, Our Culture, Under the Radar, Northern Transmissions and more. This new body of work follows on from her self-released debut EP, Guilt Trip which landed in May 2021.

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Earlier this year, the 22-year-old – full name Nisa Lumaj – began work on a new collection of songs that would make up the new EP, Time To Plant Tears. The title takes its name from the final stanza of an Elizabeth Bishop poem called Sestina. Working together with collaborator and producer, Ronnie Di Simone, the songs were recorded between Brooklyn's Studio G and the Brick Box studio. The new EP demonstrates Nisa's penchant for intimate storytelling cast against the backdrop of glistening, cinematic soundscapes reminiscent of Angel Olsen, Indigo De Souza, Japanese Breakfast and Soccer Mommy. In describing the mood of the EP, Nisa has said that the songs are centered around “confrontation and focus; weathering internal and external changes; desire, and emotional rebirth.” Intersecting cinematic and poetic frames of reference, it lands between what is said and what is felt.

Born to Albanian immigrants in the Bronx, Nisa learned to speak Albanian before English and grew up listening to the traditional folk music of her parent’s native country. It wasn’t long before she began venturing out into what she describes to be a “diverse and accepting arts community,” playing regularly at open mic nights in high school and joining a rock collective in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Her exploration of songwriting began when she was advised to lean into the rock stylings of the Eagles as an introduction to the guitar, from here she developed her own way of storytelling while referencing the likes of PJ Harvey, Björk and Radiohead as other key cornerstones to her approach.

Returning to New York in 2020 after a year spent living in East London, Nisa recorded and self-released her debut EP, Guilt Trip, a garage-pop collection of songs rooted in themes of emotional detachment and miscommunication which found Lumaj fans in Atwood Magazine, Audiofemme and more with the EP charting at #14 in the NACC's Top 200 charts. Following the release of Guilt Trip, Nisa has gone on to perform a couple of early shows in her hometown including a sold-out performance at The Bowery Ballroom in August 2021 and another at The Sultan Room in October.

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