Nick and Liesl
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Nick and Liesl


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"Home Grown Roots Vol 1"

'Friend And Lover by Nick Everitt, nice tune and lyrics, simple but very good with a great hook.' -

"Country Update's review of 'Feather', June 2011"

Well it’s 2011 and we are once again awash with young new folk singer/songwriters; there are probably more poetic acoustic balladeers around right now than in the great 60’s folk boom that gave us Dylan, Seeger and Baez. As always there are a few acts that can’t find a genre to fit into and are happy to land anywhere there’s a willing audience. Talented duo from the NSW Central Coast Nick and Liesl are one such act – not folk, country, R&B or pop, yet touching base with all of them at some point, while playing their own distinct brand meticulously crafted acoustic based music. Feather the debut album from this pair follows their 2008 EP Wyong River and shows them to be both very capable poetic and melodic songwriters and captivating vocalists with a sibling like capacity for natural harmony. Recorded primarily at their home studio and utilising the additional talents of Paul Kelly’s drummer Peter Luscombe, Glen Hannah (Kasey Chambers) on guitars and bass player and studio/mastering engineer Jeff McCormack they have crafted an album of high quality production values. ‘Silent Ships’ brings to mind early solo Paul Simon or a less experimental Sufjan Stevens; Liesl’s thoughtful and introspective approach ranges from the plaintive folk of ‘Does it matter’ to the beguiling ‘Witch’s Brew’ reminiscent of early Laura Nyro. There’s the occasional veering off into some Nick led pop/R&B influenced grooves on ‘Mistakes Happen’, ‘It’s Better to Have Loved’ and ‘Shines Like Gold’ but otherwise the musical landscape is generally a place where plaintive piano figures and acoustic guitars dance delicately around thoughtfully constructed melodies in an effortless mix of introspective poetic musings and sparkling musical invention.
- Country Update

"'s review of 'Feather', May 2011"

Nick and Liesl - Feather (Album)
by Lucinda Goodwin | Monday, May 23

WOW! That’s how I felt when I started this review, and that’s definitely how Feather will leave you feeling. Feather is the alternative/folk duo Nick and Liesl's debut album.

I instantly fell in love with their music, as it's heavily influenced by the alternative/folk scene in my home town. I loved their vibe and the earthy feeling you get from the get go.

Nick and Liesl have come a long way since 2008, when they released their debut EP Wyong River. The whole album shows a range of stripped back folk, alternative, pop and soul genres, as well as a great range of vocal capabilities for these two talented artists.

"Sing Sing" is a demonstration of perfect harmonies and a laid back folkie vibe. The first track off the album, "Most Of My Life", shows the lyrical genius of the pair, as well as some beautiful harmonies with stripped back folk tunes and an earthy upbeat tempo.

The guitar work and the vocal harmonies are what I fell in love with when listening to this album for the first time, and I can tell you, Feather is all I have been listening to for quite some time, the easy listening qualities and calming vocals are what makes them a great duo. Get out there and see these guys live, I know I will be when they are touring Victoria.

"Reverb's review of 'Feather', June 2011"


This debut album from central coast folk duo Nick and Liesl is a classy follow-up to their 2008 EP Wyong River. On first listen, it’s a tough choice as to which is the standout: the gob-smackingly powerful and melodic vocals – think Angus Stone/Katie Noonan – or the first-class sound production, topped off with thoughtful lyrics, fine musicianship and the album’s wonderfully eclectic folk/pop/soul style. Like Wyong River, which earned an ABC Award for sound production, Feather was crafted in the pair’s backyard studio and features a slew of über-talented collaborators, including Paul Kelly/Rockwiz drummer Pete Luscombe, Kasey Chamber’s bass player, Jeff McCormack and country guitar maestroGlen Hannah. Crown amongst the jewels? The slinky ‘Witch’s Brew’ – a simply beautiful song on this simply beautiful album.

- Reverb

"Rhythms review of Feather May 2011 by Nada van Kempen"

I listened to it a countless number of times, and every time I found myself looking forward to hearing the first track ‘Most of My Life’ over and over. Actually sometimes I’d just skip back to it, it’s really that good. The lyrics are light and carefree while the tune is uplifting and catchy. All you want to do is sing. Feather swings back and forth from toe-tapping acoustic to slower full band songs throughout the 13 tracks of amazing lyrics and sound. Honestly Feather is one of the best albums I’ve heard in forever, from this genre.

Nick and Liesl’s unique sound falls into the genres of acoustic/alternative/folk. Their harmonising and the way they play off each other’s voice gives them a distinct and recognisable sound. Think Angus and Julia Stone but more mature, and I’ll dare say, better.

Much like their 2008 EP, Wyong River, Feather was mostly recorded in their home studio. Their contagious positivity and catchy melodies have attracted band members like Paul Kelly’s drummer Pete Luscombe, Kasey Chambers’ bass player Jeff McCormack, and guru guitarist Glen Hannah joining the duo on their album, proving they’re the little band that can.

The track that is most unique from the others is ‘Witch’s Brew’. Liesl’s voice has a crisp chill in it, resembling that of Alison Krauss on her album Raising Sand with Robert Plant. Her pitch and tone just has that chilling but sweet sound that gives you shivers, along with lyrics like “Dying trees and paint that’s peeling, ‘ Cause Mama’s busy and Daddy’s sleeping, There’s a weed full of garden waiting for your rain, and there’s no use crying things will never change.”

Acoustic, folk or alternative – whatever you prefer – Nick and Liesl’s album Feather is definitely worth the time to sit down and listen to.

- Rhythms

"Wyong River EP Review"

"If younger readers want a reference point that makes sense to them, I guess they could think of this singer/songwriter duo from the Central Coast as a bit like a grownup Angus & Julia Stone. Husband and wife rather than brother and sister, there's more of a rootsy approach to their songwriting but like the Stones, they write seperately rather than together, with Liesl Karlsson's songs a little closer to the pop side of things in a Clare Bowditch kind of way. Sort of a more melodic Waifs if you like, with the Aussie accents." - The Drum Media, August 08

"Drum Media review of Home GRown Roots Vol. 1"

"[...] Nick Everitt of the Central Coast offers bubbly guitar pop and Sydneysider Liesl Karlsson is dark and haunting for her vocals. A pleasure."
- Drum Media


"Friend and Lover", to be released January 2013 (Red Shed Records/MGM Distribution)

"Feather", released May 2011(Red Shed Records/MGM Distribution)

"Wyong River" EP (2008), received airplay across ABC network and Triple J (Red Shed Records/MGM Distribution)

"Home" single (2006) by Liesl Karlsson on Home Grown Roots Vol. 1 (Foghorn Records/MGM Distribution)

"Friend and Lover" single (2006) by Nick Everitt on Home Grown Roots vol. 1 (Foghorn Records/MGM Distribution)

"Silent Ships" EP (2005) by Nick Everitt



It’s been a crazy year for Aussie-Swedish duo Nick and Liesl. 2011 saw them tour Australia and Europe with their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Feather’ and only days after returning from overseas they wowed crowds at the 2011/2012 Woodford Folk Festival. The European tour, which took them through Germany, Belgium, France and Switzerland, included live performances on French TV and German radio as well as the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg. After the 7-week tour Nick and Liesl returned to Sweden for some family time and, inspired by the haunting winter darkness there worked on new material for the next album. They are now back in the country for a year of festivals, recording and quite unexpectedly, a musical based on their music and writing for a US film.

Nick and Liesl have ‘a sibling-like capacity for natural harmony’ (Kim Cheshire, Country Update). Watching them perform is delightful and inspiring, and it is easy to connect with their light sounds of guitar and piano blended with thoughtful lyrics and trademark harmonies. Stylistically they cover quite a range; from stripped-back and intimate folk to happy-go-lucky pop, blues and soul; but the voices and the harmonies remain throughout, making their sound instantly recognisable. In late 2008 the pair released their debut EP ‘Wyong River’ which earned them national airplay across the ABC network and triple j, as well as an ABC Award for Best Sound Production having self-produced the recording. The 13-track album ‘Feather’, released in 2011, was also recorded mostly in the modest settings of Nick and Liesl’s home studio. Even so, after the sharing of demos with some of Australia’s top musicians, the duo quickly had the likes of drummer Pete Luscombe (Paul Kelly, Rockwiz), bass player Jeff McCormack (Kasey Chambers) and guitarist extraordinaire Glen Hannah (‘Musician of the year 2010’ at CMAA) on board. The result is a collection of stunning songs given a royal yet tasteful treatment, which has grabbed the attention of both live audiences and media by storm.

Nick and Liesl met on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia in 2005. At the time they had both dropped their 'regular' careers in order to pursue the musical dream. Two years on the couple turned duo and they have never looked back since. Australia, Germany, the UK, France, Belgium, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and Czech Republic have all been on the tour schedule as well as close to 50 festivals including Woodford Folk Festival, the National Folk Festival, Reeperbahn Festival (Germany) and more; live radio performances on the likes of ABC Qld Statewide, Perth, Canberra, Adelaide and ongoing support from personalities like Richard Glover on 702 Sydney; regular airtime on Australian/NZ music video TV show Rage; a live TV performance and commercial radio airplay in France, performances on BBC radio in the UK; an invitation to Popkomm 2009 (Berlin) as well as supports for artists such as The Jezabels, Kate Miller-Heidke, Ian Moss, Daryl Braithwaite, Shane Nicholson, Harry Manx and Mark Seymour.

Video 'Feather':
Video 'Most of My Life':

Blue Mountains Music Festival '13, Woodford Folk Festival ’11 (QLD), Nanga Music Festival '12 (WA), Dorrigo Folk Festival '12 (NSW), Living Smart Festival '12 (NSW), Palm Creek Folk Festival '12 (QLD), Illawarra Folk Festival ’12 (NSW), Yackandandah Folk Festival '12 (VIC), Mount Beauty Music Festival ’12 (VIC), Tamar Valley Folk Festival ’12 (TAS – offer), Reeperbahnfestival ’11 (Germany), Palm Creek ’11 (Qld), Maldon Folk Festival ‘10 (Vic), Ironfest ’10 (NSW), National Folk Festival ’10 (ACT), Festival of the Sun ’09 (NSW), Amersfoort Plugt Uit ’09 (NL), Popkomm ’09 (Berlin-event cancelled), Yeppoon Village Arts ’09 (Qld), The Gum Ball ’09 (NSW), Wintermoon ’09 (Qld), Nannup Music ’09 (WA), Illawar