Nocturne Album Reviews:
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Well... the album is about to drop... & it couldn't be more exciting to see it starting to get out there!
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"What a wonderful talent & production. I look forward to featuring on any and everything I'm presenting in the future! Really enjoyed listening"
BBC Radio Ulster: John Kerr Country Show
"This is stunning"
Camglen Radio: The Knowledge, with Robert Fields
"She's really good. Great voice."
Rock & Blues Muse
"We have recently been sent the brand new single from Country star, Ayesha. If I Loved You is the lead single from Ayesha’s up and coming album Nocturne.
Ayesha has been recognised all over the world for her songwriting and performances and after huge success from her critically acclaimed debut album, she returns with her newest album ‘Nocturne’. Ayesha has always been a true creative spirit which is reflected in her dreamy and eclectic album which showcases her love for Country, Rock, Americana and Blues music.
From the big, bold opening of the song you are gripped to the song. It catches your imagination straight away with the rise and fall of the song. This builds great tension and gives the lyrics a lot of emphasis.
Ayesha seems to be in two minds on the song, her lyrics and story seem to play the idea of her making her mind up if she did love the character she is singing out.
The song is right up with the current country trend and would easily go straight to number one in the country charts. I also think this style of act is vacant in the current mainstream of the music industry thus leaving the way for Ayesha to make a big name for herself commercially.
Overall, we feel Ayesha has a very strong lead single that will definitely sell her album on its release in a September, this song definitely does wet your appetite for more. We are expecting big things from this Country star in the future and we can’t wait to give the new album a whirl very very soon."
The Unsigned Reviewer
Welsh Connections Album Review 09/2020
It's been a long time coming and album number two from Ayesha Pontin has been beset by illness, film-making, award-winning songwriting and lockdown - but finally 'Nocturne' is with us. Was it worth the wait for the 'difficult' second album ? We'd say yes. Without a shadow of a doubt.
'A Thousand Shores' had summer written all over it with it's West-Coast vibes and shimmering production whereas this latest offering is a darker and more mature collection of songs that really show how the Welsh are doing Americana (Americymru ?) better than anyone else right now.
Ayesha has found a balance between great melody and insightful lyrics with just a nod to the popularist sound of Taylor Swift or Kacey Musgraves which will appeal to both country music fans and those that would normally shy away from that genre.
Ayesha's husband, the acclaimed blues-guitarist, Mark Pontin is very much in evidence on several tracks - most noticeably his soaring lead break on 'Never Mine' which is nothing short of sublime and with a supporting cast of Welsh greats like Tim Hamill (who also produced), ex-Storys Alan Thomas and MPG bassist Callum Morgan Jones this album was always going to be something special - we just didn't realise how special!
The title track is perhaps the song of 2020 - a beautiful piano ballad with cello accompaniment from Nerys Clark and worth the cover price alone.
'Nocturne' could be this years big album - it certainly deserves to be and it's a fantastic return from one of our best songwriters, but maybe not so long between albums next time please?
'Nocturne' is out now !