Ears Wide Open: Mimi Pretend

Mimi Pretend (Photo by Alexandra Golden)

* Updated with Friday’s release.

Mimi Pretend is the latest vehicle for songwriter Mimi Nissan, an L.A.-based native of Colorado whose reverb-splashed ministrations echo artists such as the Jesus and Mary Chain, Mazzy Star and the Raveonettes.

Nissan launched the project in 2020 and earlier this year released the EP, “Sick Eros,” highlighted by the bittersweet lead track, “Guys in LA.” Over five tracks, “Sick Eros” displays a penchant for transforming nervy, melancholic diary entries into haunting, soft-focus musical cinema.

The singer-songwriter-producer’s latest release sounds like a heckuva thing for a person from the Rocky Mountains to write. “Nobody Lives in Wyoming” is the first single from a new EP, “Colorado 1996,” arriving in January via Lolipop Records. Nissan manages to capture the feel of the windswept valleys and lonesome peaks of the Cowboy State, whose population is roughly equal to Fresno.

* Another single, “First Time,” arrived Friday. File under: high-altitude dream-pop.

||| Stream: “First Time”

||| Also: Stream “Nobody Lives in Wyoming” and “God Damn”

||| Watch: The video for “Visions”

||| Also: Stream the “Sick Eros” EP in its entirety