Lizzie Nightingale grew up in Glasgow listening to the music of Eurythmics, Kate Bush and David Bowie. These, among others, inspired her to make her own music. The result is her first solo EP, Tiny Teardrops. Ever since releasing a compilation of demos, Nightingale has been keeping mainstream radio stations, including BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2, interested.
The first track of this EP is ‘Alone’, a song about a failed relationship. The lyrics suggest she is still trying to come to terms with being alone, while the almost childlike chant of “A-L-O-N-E/That’s the place where you’ll find me” shows the hopelessness of the situation. It’s also the first chance you get to hear Lizzie’s pitch-perfect, crystal clear vocals. ‘Footsteps’ has a similar tone, still about the emotions felt when coming to terms with a breakup: “Footsteps down the hall/Where you used to live”.
‘Tiny Teardrops’ is much more cute, catchy, and upbeat, which perfectly matches the mood of Nightingale. She is starting to feel more optimistic and trying to find a way to move on with her life, ending with the powerful line: “You’d better go/I think you’re in the wrong place”. In ‘Sparkle’ Nightingale starts to look outward and realises that she isn’t the only one to blame: “Weren’t you the one who said/I sparkled in your head”
The final song, ‘Lights’, is a strong conclusion to the EP. With a quiet piano intro, it is more low key than the previous songs, but shows that Nightingale has finally moved on from the relationship and can see that life isn’t so terrible after all.
Tiny Teardrops finishes with two remixes: ‘Alone – Matty Parka Dubflix’ and ‘Sparkle – Team Tartan Remix’. The ‘Alone’ Remix makes good use of its added dubstep, featuring a breakdown towards the end, giving the feeling that the song, and Lizzie Nightingale herself, are actually falling apart. In comparison, the ‘Sparkle’ remix is underwhelming and doesn’t add much to the original version.
Although only an EP, Tiny Teardrops isn’t just a bunch of songs haphazardly thrown together but is, apart from the two remixes, a complete work. The songs have been chosen and ordered carefully so that it sounds more like an album than a cluster of demos. The main five songs offer a complete narrative, beautifully describing the complex emotions that arise from coping with the destruction of a relationship, right through to working out how to get over the heartbreak and move on.
With a début EP of this high standard, along with her powerful vocals, it’s exciting to think about how Lizzie Nightingale’s first full album might sound.