Release Date: 3rd February 2017
Nadine Khouri is a British-Lebanese musician and songwriter currently based in London. Influenced by dream-pop, moody soundtracks and spoken-word, her sound has been described as a “music born of perennial outsider-status.”
Noted by John Parish (PJ Harvey, Giant Sand) for her voice, Khouri was invited to sing on a track on his Screenplay LP and subsequently recorded her forthcoming album with the producer in his hometown of Bristol. The resulting album is a haunting collection of poetic & atmospheric meditations on loss and transformation.
Khouri’s singular voice soars above droning organ, pulsating shakers, and an occasional choir of male voices, creating a self-contained world, reminiscent of Stina Nordenstam & Hope Sandoval in their heyday. Pumping harmoniums meld into reverb-drenched electric guitar, while Khouri’s languid voice offers a dream-like incantation set against a beating Moroccan tar on ‘Broken Star’. An esoteric thread runs throughout the album, notably on ‘Shake it like a Shaman’ (a tribute to the late Jeff Buckley).
The album also features guest contributions from Parish, Irish singer-songwriter Adrian Crowley, violinist Emma Smith (James Yorkston, Hot Chip) and others.
A first track You Got A Fire was self-released as a digital download with an accompanying video directed by photographer Steve Gullick. The track was featured on God is in the TV as ‘Track of the Day’ and received coverage in Noisey/Vice, Le Cargo! & more, with Khouri featured as a main ‘Rising Artist’ to watch for this year in MOJO magazine.
In the past year, she has performed in some of London’s most renowned venues and supported Howe Gelb, Mary Hampton, and John Parish, garnering positive reviews for her live performances.
Her latest video Broken Star premiered on Clash Music in October & with album reviews already confirmed in MOJO, Q, Uncut and R2 and live dates planned around the album release, 2017 is shaping up to be Nadine Khouri’s year.