Following last year's critically acclaimed ‘Aching Bones’ EP, Nadine Shah has found a new home with R&S Records imprint Apollo, who will be releasing her brand new ‘Dreary Town’ EP on 15 April 2013. Picking up where her debut left off, ‘Dreary Town’ continues the emergence of a significant talent.
Hailing from the north east town of Whitburn, yet London based, this young artist's compositions lean towards the dramatic, with her smoky husky-hued vocals imbued with an understated unease, with a stage presence that belies her youthful age.
Lead track 'Dreary Town', with its plummeting melodies and anguished vocals, is the most personal of all three and the track that convinced producer Ben Hillier (The Horrors, Blur, Depeche Mode) to work with her upon hearing an early version uploaded to youtube. Closely followed by 'Bobby Heron' with creeping guitar strums driving a story about her great grandmothers only boy. “He died at sea” Nadine reveals, “my great gran was obviously distraught but even more so because she couldn't bury her little boy. There was this clairvoyant in our hometown, a blind guy everyone knew. She went to see him and he told her exactly where the body was. That night my great grandad went out in his fishing boat. Sure enough the body was where they'd been told it would be, and with a grappling hook he retrieved Bobby's body. My mam and Aunty always tell that story. I wrote the song for my mum really, I wanted to ensure that her tale lived on.”
The new EP is topped off with the singer's wonderfully sinister take on 'Cry Me A River.' Having begun singing it when she was a much younger jazz singer, Nadine just loved how you could “really twist the lyric and rather than sounding like a wounded woman you can be more of madwoman seeking revenge!”
Press for Aching Bones:
‘Face to Watch’ Independent on Sunday
‘Expect her to be next year’s critics’ darling’ The Independent
'The emotional and sonic depth she attains on the glowering debut EP ‘Aching Bones’ is the work of a singularly unique artist' Daily Mirror
'Her dark tales of lust, loss and vengeance bring to mind Broken English-era Marianne Faithfull and are due belated critical acclaim’ Guardian ‘New Band of the Day’
'Shah possesses one of those pin-you-to-your-seat voices that will penetrate even the thickest layer of cynicism and jadedness' Sunday Times
'An Album is due next autumn – and it already looks to be one of 2013's most promising debuts.' NME
‘An enticing debut’ Mojo
'Keep your eye on this one, because I can see 2013 being a big year for her’ DiS
'Shah’s voice marks her out as someone distinctive and to very much keep an eye on.' CMU
'If you fancy a cheeky flutter you’ll get a decent price on this girl to win awards next year.'
8/10 This is Fake DIY
'That intangible, emotive sense of foreboding leaves you mesmerized, intoxicated and just a tiny, tiny bit in love.' 8/10 DJ Magazine
'If all live debuts were as breathtaking as Nadine Shah's then the walls of the music industry as we know it would crumble to dust, and in their place proud palaces of hope and beauty would spring forth.'
'Like early Bad Seeds, searing, intense, frightening and amazing' Notion Magazine
'It can take just 44 seconds to fall in love. That’s the exact time it takes for Nadine Shah’s haunting croon to kick in over an ominous piano refrain on the title track of her debut EP, Aching Bones. Sounding like a young, desolate Polly Harvey, the former jazz singer delivers huge gulps of emotion over the EP’s three Ben Hillier-produced tracks.' The Line of Best Fit
‘Channels the towering intensity of To Bring You My Love-era PJ Harvey with a hint of Philip Larkin-esque humour and the intoxicating sadness of her father’s Urdu ghazals'
Time Out ‘Ones To Watch for 2013’
1: Dreary Town
Cat No: AMB1306
Produced by Ben Hillier for 140dB
Written by Nadine Shah & Ben Hillier
Recorded at The Pool, London.
Tracks 1&2 P&C 2013 Apollo is a division of R&S Records