Band of the Day: Paolo Nutini

NAME: Paolo Nutini
HOMETOWN: Paisley, Scotland, UK

HOW I HEARD ABOUT THEM: I was surfing the Observer site and stumbled upon this video feature of Paolo describing 7 “everyday objects”. I can hardly understand what he’s saying. I feel like I’m trapped in the world of Sick Boy.
WHAT THEY SOUND LIKE: I instantly thought his voice and vibe reminded me of teen heart-throb Teddy Geiger–who I love. This Scottish hottie has a pretty voice, adding in a slightly gritty texture to the notes during the long extended notes. However, the song is a bit saucier fare than dear Teddy would write about. Sample lyric, “Oh remember at 16/ Oh the crazy drunken night we had/ When I kissed you in the hallway/ Then I took you straight to bed”. Did I mention Paolo is only 19 20 years old (it’s his birthday today) and he kinda looks like a young Julian Casablancas meets Diego Luna? He plays a sold out show at the Bowery Ballroom on Jan 31st.
1 to 5 RATING: 3
OTHER BLOGS THAT HAVE TALKED ABOUT THEM: Carl Sandburg Visits Me In a Dream, Oh No They Didn’t
LISTEN TO MORE: “Last Request” and “Jenny Don’t Be Hasty” (actually better than “Rewind”) on the Myspace

Acoustic performance of “These Streets” (his voice sounds scary Chris Martin-like for the first 3 notes–oh and HELLO Scottish accent):

Video for “Rewind”:

6 Replies to “Band of the Day: Paolo Nutini”

  1. Oh my, true say about the first three notes on ‘These Streets’ sounding scarily like Chris Martin! Love it.

    Actually if you’re interested, there’s this up and coming artist here in Toronto named Justin Nozuka. He sings soul/r&b/acoustic music and, for a guy in his last year of high school, he has some beautiful songwriting skills. Definitely should check him out (even if it’s just to see how dreamy he is, haha)! Here’s a link: (‘Golden Train’ is one of my favourite songs of the past 3 months!)

  2. FANTASTIC ! Definitelty the best artist engliand has seen in a long time.. amazing live and has a fab personality….. sure you will win ur brit this year… ill be voting for you ! cant wait for the new album 🙂

  3. THE BEST UK SINGER/SONGWRITER!! Paolo has a wicked voice and i love his lyrics…he sounds gr8 live as well and also he’s absolutely GORGEOUS!! =D

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