| Nell's debut
album "Tempus" is available!
Sample tracks on the music page, and order
it in the store.
"Rarely do you
come across an album that is so brimming with sincerity, so honest,
and so heartwarming, as [Nell] has put together here. If you love
lush, folky prog rock, with plenty of nods towards the greats
of the 70's, and don't mind a little pop thrown in for good measure,
this will be a pleasant surprise for many...chock full of gorgeous
vocals, sumptuous Mellotron sounds, majestic piano, gymnastic
electric guitar, lush acoustic guitar, flutes, synths, and a myriad
of drums and percussion."
- Pete Pardo, Sea of Tranquility
What reviewers are
saying about Nell's music:
Long Island guitar gal thrice comes close to climbing the pomp heights
of ’70s...rock [with] “Tempus” (Yes-like ornateness), “Hunger to
Know” (heavy enough to justify its eight-minute length), and “End
of Yesterday” (...placid enough to make Espers jealous.)"
- Chuck Eddy, Harp Magazine (full
talented young lady spinning some amazing song structures. [Song]
'Hunger To Know'....is simply astounding. Nell is doing what no
one of her age and gender has ever tried, and she knocks it out
of the park with 'Tempus'."
- Jeff Archer Black, Buzzcat
want to listen to [Nell's] cover of South Side of the Sky...It's
a relief to know she's out there because now none of us have to
pretend to be cool any more, as basically this person is much, much
more awesome than anyone currently alive."
- Paul Ford, ftrain.com,
Harper's Magazine Associate Editor & Author and NPR's All Things
Welcome to the official website of
musician Nell James (previously known as Nell & the
Nellettes), 18-year-old multi-instrumentalist and composer.
Nell released her debut album, "Tempus"
(hear samples) in Spring 2006. The
album features a selection of all-original compositions loosely
tied around the theme of time. The songs show some influence from
'70s progressive rock heroes Yes, Gentle Giant and
Nektar among others, as well as a dash of favorite indie
rock giants the Flaming Lips. Nell
produced the album in her bedroom studio, performing vocals, guitar,
bass, drums, keys and various other instruments.
"Tempus" is available exclusively
through the online store.
If this website
seems out of date, it is because I have turned my attention to other
work; primarily composition of classical chamber music (as well
as studying for school). My current and future music can be found
composition website (under a different name, Nell Shaw Cohen).
In the meanwhile, I will continue to keep most of this website up
for those who are interested in "Tempus" and related music.
In honor of 2007, I've
recorded a special new song called "This
Is Your Year". I hope you all enjoy it. In other news,
my album "Tempus" got a nice review from major German
prog site Babyblaue
Seiten (my first international review!) and it's being featured
front page as "Tip
of the Month" for January. Also, I've added photos with members
of Bill Bruford's Earthworks in the scrapbook.
Today my album Tempus
was/is featured on ProgPositivity
radio; tracks from the album are being played every hour. Thanks
to DJ Mark Stephens!
just posted my cover of Gentle Giant's "On Reflection"
on the other music page, as well
as "She Gave Me the Sun" by Simon Dupree & the Big
Sound. There's also a new photo with Gentle Giant guitarist Gary
Green in the scrapbook.
just got a fantastic review
from one of the biggest progressive rock sites on the net, Sea
of Tranquility! It's featured on the front page as
CD of the day. I've also
added the title track "Tempus" as a free download to the
music page, and added a press
on The Morning News' "Mp3
of the Week", as well as Internet radio show the
BZT Weekly with Jeff & Jenny
"Tempus" has been reviewed by Harp Magazine, a
major music journal. I'm reviewed alongside Stereolab, Yo La Tengo,
Joan Jett and Johnny Cash! Read
the review online.