Billy Nomates – “Heels”
Billy Nomates is Tor Maries, a British postpunk snarler who spent years in a series of DIY bands in Bristol and who now makes music on her own. Under the Billy Nomates name, Maries released a self-titled debut album last year, recording it with Portishead production mastermind Geoff Barrow, and she also showed up on Sleaford Mods’ single “Mork N Mindy.” She’s got a new EP on the way, and her new single “Heels,” out today, is worth your time.
On “Heels,” Maries shows a whole lot of presence. The music is a bleak, pulsing synthy stomp; Maries and Geoff Barrow mixed it together. Over that beat, Maries shows a whole lot of presence, delivering all her lines in an icy, larger-than-life snarl: “Lift your boots/ Tilt your hat/ I refuse to die looking like that.” Cool song!
In the video, Maries dances across the British seaside and stares down the camera. There’s not a lot to the clip, but directors Jack Joesph Dalby and Bobby Spender frame everything nicely, and Maries has tons of charisma. Check it out below.