Nina Nesbitt has signalled a return to her song-writing rooms with her new track Mansion, which features on her upcoming fourth album.

Mansion follows last month’s release of Pages and On The Run, with all three songs appearing on her upcoming 12-track album Mountain Music which lands in September.

Mansion finds Nina Nesbitt pleading with a close friend to see the beauty within themselves.  As she reveals, “I wrote it for a friend of mine after finding out how she saw herself. To me, she’s like a beautiful mansion in the middle of a dreary city. She’s covered in wisteria vines and roses. Everyone that passes her stops and stares, but she’s had her curtains drawn. She hasn’t let the light in for years. Dust has been gathering inside and things have been falling into disrepair. She’s been in the dark so long, she’s forgotten her own magic. People have treated her like a transient hallway. Temporary accommodation. A place to store their baggage. She was too afraid to let people in that no one got to see the grand ballroom or the beautiful lake view from the window in the library, full of lives lived. This song is for anyone who has struggled to realize their own worth – or had others devalue it. Sometimes you just need a friend to remind you, you are a Mansion.”

Nina Nesbitt will release her fourth studio album, Mountain Music, on 27 September 2024.  The track is in part inspired by the two years she spent touring hte States in support of her second studio album The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change.  The album promises a nod to US folk and Americana.  It marks a turnaround for the outstanding Scottish artist who almost quit music altogether.  “A lot changed as I reached my late-twenties,” Nina says.  “There was a lot going on in my life that changed the way I see things. In all honesty, I quit being an artist last year.” Struggling with the demand on musicians to be “present” on social media, along with the detrimental impact that had on her songwriting, Nesbitt decided to take a step back. “I was missing the thing that set me on fire, at the same time feeling like I was just getting worse at the craft I’d worked so hard on,” she says. “So, I decided to stop moaning about it, and actually just go and write.”

The new album formed as she threw herself in to writing for herself as well as other artists including K-Pop icons IVE who landed a Japanese No 1 with their EP Wave.

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Talking about her new body of work, Nina says, “I’m beyond excited to be releasing my new album, Mountain Music, on 27th September. To me, it feels like the most authentic and honest piece of work I’ve created so far. I was inspired by a lot of the American folk music I grew up listening to, and revisiting it made me fall back in love with writing music again. I knew I wanted to take inspiration but to also write my own story. That being, someone with a female perspective who grew up in a Scottish village and spent her turbulent twenties in London. This album celebrates that small town girl, puts an arm around the big city twenty-something and looks back at the view with me now from the calm and the quiet.

“It’ll be the first release on my own record label, Apple Tree Records, which I’m delighted about.

“It feels like the perfect time to take full control of my career and put my stake in the ground as the artist I’ve always dreamed of being. Mountain Music held my hand through some of my hardest moments and I hope it can hold yours too.”

image of Nina Nesbitt courtesy Wolf James