Named after the Hayao Miyazaki film Nausica of the Valley of the Wind, the multinational four piece band Nausica inhabits a music world as cinematic as its namesake. Over the past few years they have steadily crafted an arresting and meditative sound, sitting at the cutting-edge of pop music.
Frontwoman Edita Karkoschka’s operatic lead vocals carrying an emotive quality reminiscent of PJ Harvey while the colorful guitar-lines of Tim Coehoorn, driven by Haim-like shifts, transform their songs into explosive powerhouses. Haunted by melancholia, - the lush and playful bass of Pim Walter combined with the electronic and acoustic beats of Jannis Knüpfer, - served straight up, frame an ever-present sea of hypnotizing, positive vibrations.
I feel it in my chest, fresh air - a vagabonds’ precious heir are not only words of their song Heidi, but according to their frontwoman, also describe the direction they are heading. Their music is sweet, with an edgy undertow. An pulsing energy that invokes a constant urge to dance.
It should come as no surprise that the members of Nausica are as different as their influences. With members hailing from The Netherlands and Germany, the band has managed to not only survive but thrive with multiple cultural influences.
After a warm response to their last international press releasing, 'The Molecules Fall Closer' in 2014, the band headed back to the studio to work on new songs. Made across Europe, production took place everywhere: in the train, on skype, in the bus, in the car.
Equally informative has been the quartet’s love for visual experience. An ongoing collaboration with fashion designer and illustrator Sarah Knüpfer, began with the styling for their upcoming video “Hey You” (release 17/04/17) and has extended into their stage performances.
Reflecting Nausica’s international character, the band has toured throughout Germany, Italy, Belgium and Switzerland. In the Netherlandsthey’ve established a loyal fanbase after a string of high profile Dutch events including Valkhof Festival, Noorderzon Festival, Mañana Mañana and Le Mini Who. They've also supported Son Lux at the sold out performance in the MC Theater in Amsterdam, and Dutch band De Kift in Arnhem, and made a live appearance on Germany's largest radio station, "1LIVE".
A string of tour dates are in the works, and will serve as an introduction to their upcoming full-length album and a freshly signed contract with European Booking Agency Toutpartout, - Nausica is taking their new musical output to a next level.
"It takes a lot to cast a spell over a record shop. One of the most haunting projects of the day, Nausica rose to the challenge. The German/Dutch band has a sweet side (due in no small part to frontwoman Edita Karkoschka’s operatic voice), but it’s not all sugar and spice thanks to the quartet’s love of spiky instrumentals and abrupt, mid-song shifts."
"Nausica frontwoman Edita Karkoschka puts an even finer point on the matter. Having relocated to Arnhem, Netherlands from Poland eight years ago, the theatrical pop frontwoman praises the country’s creativity, humor, and openness."
"Nausica was one of the local bands we fell hard for while visiting Le Guess Who? Festival. (Who doesn’t love their pop served with a healthy helping of Warpaint/My Brightest Diamond drama?) Here’s a remix of the band’s tune “I Am” that takes them from explosive emotional powerhouses to echo-filled romantics. Be sure to turn the lights down low while you listen."