Entry Requirements: 16+ (under 18s must be accompanied by an adult)
A London-based singer/songwriter with a hushed, moody tone, Nadine Khouri was born in Lebanon where she lived until she was nine. An early devotee of shoegaze and the noir-ish melancholia of bands like Mazzy Star and Low, Khouri began her career in London, independently releasing her debut album, Cuts from the Inside, in 2005. She soon decamped to the U.S., plying her trade as an acoustic singer/songwriter in New York and releasing an EP, A Song to the City, in 2010. A mix of folk and atmospheric indie rock, her material ranged in influence from Leonard Cohen to dream pop. Returning to London, she eventually crossed paths with producer John Parish (PJ Harvey, Eels, Giant Sand) and began developing material for what would become her second LP, The Salted Air. Released in 2017, The Salted Air was widely hailed by critics and became Khouri's breakout release.
SATURDAY 20 OCTOBER
THE LOUISIANA Wapping Road, Bristol BS1 6UA Doors 7.30pm Ages 16+ (under 18s to be accompanied by an adult)
Nadine Khouri is a musician and songwriter currently based in London. Influenced by alt-folk, film soundtracks and spoken-word, her sound has been described as a “music born of perennial outsider-status.”
Recorded live with legendary producer John Parish (PJ Harvey, This is the Kit) in his hometown Bristol, her debut album ‘The Salted Air’ is a haunting and atmospheric collection of poetic 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 and Mazzy Star 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’.
The album also features guest contributions Irish singer-songwriter Adrian Crowley, violinist Emma Smith (James Yorkston, Hot Chip) and others.
Released in February 2017, the album cemented Khouri’s one-to-watch status. It and was hailed by MOJO as "A thing of dark possessed beauty” in their four-star album review, celebrated by Q (Feb 2017 Critics Choice) and selected as one of Rough Trade’s Albums of the Month.
Acclaimed music photographer Steve Gullick (Nirvana, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy) shot Khouri’s press photos and cover art. He also directed the video for 'You Got A Fire'.
In the past year, Khouri has performed in some of London most prestigious venues with her band, including The Union Chapel, Royal Festival Hall, Cecil Sharp House, Royal Academy of Arts, and has shared the stage with the likes of Howe Gelb, John Parish, Piers Faccini, Adrian Crowley, Gemma Ray, Seamus Fogarty, and many more.
In December 2017, 'The Salted Air’ was listed among Rough Trade’s Albums of the Year.
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“A thing of dark, possessed beauty… extraordinary voice: a fragile, sensuous instrument” - Mojo ★★★★
“Lush, dreamy songwriting with a gilded edge” - Clash Music
“A wonderfully spectral incantation” - Uncut
“Smoke-damaged torch songs” - Q Magazine Choice Cuts
“Khouri’s voice is breathy, sensual, beguiling, meditative and her phrasing is a joy” - R2 ★★★★★
“The tenderness and longing in her songs are inescapable; we should long for more Khouri” - Drowned In Sound
“Passionate … a voice full of atmosphere” - Rough Trade
“Warm and touching vocal performance… Simply beautiful” - Fresh On The Net
“The ability to make quietness and subtlety sound huge and mean more than it possibly could” - The 405