Nina Nastasia outlasts us all
Nina Nastasia's first album in over two years, Outlaster (FatCat, 7th June) is an achievement of staggering beauty by an artist of pervasive, quiet influence undergoing a sea change in musical form, and follows up her previous two full-lengths for FatCat, On Leaving (September 2006) and You Follow Me (May 2007). The album is trailed by a single, 'Cry Cry Baby' on 10th May. The opening track from the new album, ‘Cry, Cry, Baby’ serves as both a neat re-introduction to Nina’s work and in particular, to the sumptuous new sound of the album – a lush, orchestrated sophistication that, with no loss of distinction or economy, transcends the traditional reach of her famed spareness.
Recorded once more with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago, Nina engaged Los Angeles musician and arranger Paul Bryan (whose collaborative credits include Aimee Mann, Grant Lee Phillips & others, and who’s worked as an instrumentalist with Allen Toussaint, Mavis Staples, Lucinda Willams, & many more) to adapt her songs into a score for a small orchestra. Then Nina and her long-time companion / collaborator Kennan Gudjonsson assembled string and woodwind quartets, finding the perfect complement with drummer Jay Bellerose (of Nina’s critically acclaimed albums The Blackened Air & On Leaving) and Chicago guitarist Jeff Parker (Tortoise).
Hollywood-born but now resident in New York City, Nina has carved out a career as a singer-songwriter there since the early '90s. To date her six albums - Dogs (2000), The Blackened Air (2001), The Blackened Air (2002), Run To Ruin (2003), On Leaving (2006) and You Follow Me (2007) – have garnered widespread critical acclaim and a devoted fanbase.
You can catch her on tour in May
22nd Reading Arts Centre, Reading
23rd Cafe OTO, London
24th Café OTO, London
25th St Margaret’s Church, Manchester
26th Cluny 2, Newcastle
27th Nice and Sleazy’s, Glasgow
28th The Folk House, Bristol
30th Talking Heads, Southampton