Ahead of the release of a new single, Song Of A Caged Bird on 16th May Nadine Khouri has announced plans for a UK tour this Spring. Her wise, smoky, intimate vocals have been described as “Absolutely gorgeous” by BBC 6 Music. Currently based between London and Marseille, Nadine is influenced by dream-pop, film soundtracks and poetry with a sound that has been described as “music born of perennial outsider status.”
Originally penned as a lament on surveillance capitalism, ‘Song of a Caged Bird ‘ took on new meaning for Khouri during the pandemic when the world outside fell away. Over walking-pace percussion and spaciously layered Mellotron and guitar, Khouri dreams beyond the digital walls, into an exploration of true freedom; the song becomes a conversation with a universe of possibilities – all the lives we could live, the songs we could sing, if we knew no one was watching. Khori teases upcoming the single with an exclusive live version of the track recorded for Rough Trade Transmissions at Karma Studios, London. Watch here:
The forthcoming single will be accompanied by a hand-drawn animation by Marseille-based illustrator Aude Nasr.
Discovered by legendary producer John Parish (PJ Harvey) Khouri was invited to sing on his track, ‘Baby’s Coming,’ and subsequently recorded her debut album with the producer in his hometown of Bristol.
Self-released in 2017, ‘The Salted Air’ cemented Khouri’s one-to-watch status. Hailed by Mojo as “a thing of dark possessed beauty” in a four-star review, the record was also celebrated by Q Magazine’s Critics Choice and selected as one of Rough Trade’s Albums of the Year.
Her latest album ‘Another Life’ landed at the end of last year, released on French label Talitres. Extending her collaborative partnership with Parish, the pair recorded the LP together between London and Paris.
Pulling from echoes of blues, soul and ‘70s Laurel Canyon folk set to sparse drum machines, the record found Khouri taking on new sonic depths. With her warm, inviting alto at the forefront of each song, ‘Another Life’ saw the artist uncertain of her place in the world but making music that has never felt more assured or precise. The album’s black and white cover art was also shot by acclaimed music photographer Steve Gullick (Nirvana, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy) in Marseille.
Nadine Khouri’s new single ‘ Song of a Cage Bird’ is out on 16th May and She brings her entrancing sound to venues in Liverpool, Sheffield, Corsham and London across May and June, the full list of dates are detailed below:
31 LIVERPOOL Leaf
8 SHEFFIELD Café #9
10 CORSHAM Pound Arts
14 LONDON Paper Dress Vintage
Tickets available here.