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 "Nöst's melancholy, biting and sentimental songwriting — her work's stripped down production harkens to the artists who focus on telling stories through their lyricism, building worlds with words." -Exclaim!

Working Hours is the powerful storytelling of artist Ness Nost (Vanessa Nostbakken) entering the dark twists and turns of a woman's life in the service industry.  Nostbakken wrote, performed, and produced the entire EP, having raised $7000 in March 2023 independently to put it into the world. The EP is a concept piece, a semi-autobiographical account of Nostbakken’s 11 years as a woman in the service industry. The first track, Maid 4 U, captured airtime in its first week of release on Soho Radio in London UK, made it to Exclaim’s EH! List, and the proceeding 3 singles managed to get onto 35 college radio stations across the country. 

[The songs] delves into the challenges women in the service industry face, battling

 misogyny, self-sabotage and pursuit of dreams all wrapped up in an acoustic-pop sound.

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 NESS NÖST’s unique sonic lens and captivating songwriting allure making for a release that will stick with you for long after your listen. (CLOUT Magazine UK)


"From the prominent sentimental acoustic guitar to the wistful harmonies, the production plucks your heart strings in a way that has you feeling empathetic as the last few seconds fade away."

Vanessa Nostbakken, known by her artistic persona Ness Nöst, unveils a poignant ballad that transcends musical boundaries to deliver a fearless commentary on the struggles faced by women in the service industry. Wax Vynil UK


…the song captures our attention from start to finish, effortlessly

making me a fan of her rich, expressive vocals and storytelling abilities.


Nost was featured in Exclaim Magazine as a"New Fave" February 2024, and then begins a Canadian tour of the EP with a big release happening on the West Coast at the Heatley Vancouver . Nost's EP takes advocacy into account that ties into the theme of "Working Hours," at the EP release show  will have the presence of two non for profits that create safety and harm reduction in work places Good Night Out (UK/CAN based) and #NOTME (LA.) to spread awareness and talk about the importance of their mission. The show will be opened by two other women in music and is set in a bar/venue much like the EP's restaurant setting theme. 


Read all of the PRESS that "Working Hours" has been receiving here: 

Written, performed and produced by Vanessa Nostbakken AKA Ness Nost (guitar, piano & vocals)

Cello: Emilio Suarez

Drums: Aden Goertzen

Engineer (for drums and cello) Andy Schichter of Park Sound, Vancouver (Echo Nebraska, Matt Behm)

Mixed: Kyle Peters of KAP Audio, Toronto (Father Christmas, Beds)

Mastered by Noah Mintz of Laquer Channel Mastering (U2,Rush, Broken Social Scene, The National, Daniel Lanois 

Art Direction & Photography for album art: Melissa Broersma



Single Artwork (ft. Ness Nost/Vanessa Nostbakken) shot by Melissa Broersma

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