Nadine Khouri is a British-Lebanese musician and songwriter currently based in London, whose output has been described as “music born of perennial outsider status”. Mojo magazine recently featured Khouri as a Rising Artist To Watch and in recent months, Nadine’s also performed in renowned London venues like The Union Chapel and Cecil Sharp House.
Nadine was “discovered” by John Parish (producer associated with PJ Harvey and Giant Sand), and approached to sing on a track on his own Screenplay LP, following which she was invited to record a full-length album. Hence The Salted Air, which was recorded live by Parish and Ali Chant in a basement studio in Bristol, with a band comprising Huw Bennett, Jean-Marc Butty, J. Allen and Ruban Byrne, and featuring guest contributions from Adrian Crowley, Emma Smith and Florian Tanant and Parish himself.
The Salted Air presents Nadine’s personal reflections on loss and transformation. There’s a consistent meditative atmosphere about the sequence, although some tracks more compelling than others. The opening song, Thru You I Awaken, is especially arresting, a defiantly eastern-sounding melisma from Nadine’s a cappella voice giving way to a drone-based accompaniment for the final section. It’s reverential, and the mood is extended through into the epic I Ran Thru The Dark and the haunting, moody Broken Star, the swirling evocation of Daybreak, the hushed drifting murmurings of the title song and the languid, Hammond-bedecked aura of the final track Catapult. The tracks in between feel more like lazy dream-pop interludes which are less melodically distinguished. Shake It Like A Shaman, which as its title implies, is a repetitive quasi-gospel chant (just voices and percussion). Despite this, there’s sufficient intriguing music within the collection to confirm the assessment that Nadine Khouri’s one to watch.
The Salted Air is due for release on February 3rd via One Flash Records