Just a quick reminder that FatCat's Nina Nastasia will be playing Southampton on Sunday at The Talking Heads. Support comes from Incredible Weapons and Director Sound.
Nina Nastasia's rare gift of a voice is an intimate, winged presence that is able to either freeze or melt your heart; that can powerfully soar and twist, or brush ultra-gently against you, suddenly summoning goose bumps. Mojo commented on its ability to "suck the air out of the room". Picking over themes of love, longing and loss, childhood, dreams and human dramas, her beautifully concise, hook-laden song writing and the spare arrangements of her band have a certain gritty, rustic charm and intensity. Simultaneously tough and fragile, her songs crackle and smolder with an intimate emotional honesty and a dark undertow.
Nina’s sixth album Outlaster is due out on 6th June on Fat Cat (Sigur Ros, Animal Collective). Once again recorded by Steve Albini, who is one of her biggest supporters; “Nina Nastasia's 'Dogs' is a record so simultaneously unassuming and grandiose that I can't really describe it, except in terms that would make it (and me) sound silly. Of the couple thousand records I've been involved with, this is one of my favourites, and one that I'm proud to be associated with."
Veteran BBC DJ John Peel became similarly enamored with her music. In an interview with Harper's and Queen, he called her "astonishing" and in Mojo said: "[Nina's] songs are very direct without being posy or too clever. There's an attractive air of melancholy without self-pity." Nina twice made it into his Festive Fifty: "Ugly Face" (ranked 4th in 2002) and "You, Her & Me" (ranked 13th in 2003).
Tickets are £10adv, and available from:
Oxfam Music - 1 East Street, Southampton, SO14 3HE. 023 8022 4864
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Sunday 30th June