Fans of Nadine Khouri have been eagerly awaiting a follow-up ever since 2010’s EP, A Song To The City. The wait is finally over and it looks like we are not going to be disappointed; the new album is due next year.
For those that don’t know Nadine’s work, you really should. In this new track, her voice and music insinuate quietly at first, weaving around simple sounding finger-picked ukelele. The sound builds, Nadine’s vox becoming tracked by a male duetted undertone, just as the uke is doubled by electric guitar. It only fully builds three-quarters of the way into the track, as snares and key join and the swirl becomes fully realised. Some would describe it at this point as gravelly voiced – I disagree, it’s simply the mark of a quiet voice becoming urgent and insistent. In other work, she tells more literal stories. This time around, it’s more allegorical – a paean to love seen as a fire, but one that is maybe, just maybe, too good to be true. Either way, you find yourself drawn to walk a while in her shoes.
It shouldn’t, but it does make a difference that she is originally from Lebanon, by way of NYC and now living in London. It’s not ‘world music’ by any stretch, but the internationalism is plain to see.
The first single to emerge from this body of work is ‘You Got A Fire’ – to be released on 13th November.
06 – Royal Festival Hall (foyer) London
13 – Late Shift @ National Portrait Gallery, London
14 – Hornsey Town Hall, London
16 – The Crypt Studio, London
Photo credit: George Zouein