|“One By Words” is the second single released by Nick Hessler, who is nineteen years old and apparently has been making music since he was fourteen under the name Catwalk. He hails from Oxnard, California, which is most notorious from the early eighties hardcore punk movement called Nardcore.
Hessler writes some very catchy indie pop tunes, and “One By Words” is no exception. It starts out with a nice, deep, bouncy bass line and high-hat-based drum groove as Slowdive-esque ethereal guitar swells come rolling in, then fade away as Hessler delivers some catchy vocals and tasty guitar licks. The song also has some nice washy textures rolling in and out.
The B-side, “Home,” begins bit more straightforward, comprised with a tight guitar and off-kilter drum groove. The chorus is pretty punchy, but the bridge is really nice. Things break down and get more airy, backed with heavy tom hits and nice vocal harmonies, which are then accompanied by shrill guitars joining in unison.
From these two tracks and a prior single, I’ve got my ears locked in on Hessler. Hopefully we’ll see an EP or a full-length out this year. Fans of lo-fi, The Kinks, The Shins, or Pains of Being Pure at Heart will eagerly add Catwalk to their 2011 playlists.