Another Life Nadine Khouri
- 1Another Life05:36
- 2Keep On Pushing These Walls04:07
- 3Briefly Here05:24
- 4The Broken Light04:26
- 5Lo-fi Moon04:44
- 8Song of a Caged Bird04:12
- 9Box of Echoes03:48
Info for Another Life
Another Life is the second album by singer-songwriter Nadine Khouri. Recorded in London and Bristol with producer John Parish (PJ Harvey, Dry Cleaning) the album extends a collaborative partnership that began with Khouri's acclaimed 2017 debut The Salted Air.
Having left her native Lebanon in the civil war as a child, Khouri harboured an unlikely dream of becoming a rock 'n'roll singer, after discovering Elvis in her parents' music collection. A self-taught musician, Khouri began her career as an acoustic singer-songwriter in New York City, before moving to London and being discovered by Parish.
Fans of Khouri's music so far will recognize her distinct and minimalistic approach to both vocals and music alike: the serene, dreamlike quality to her songs, suffused with otherworldly, beatific textures. Another Life offers a delicate rearrangement of Khouri's earlier sound however - the sparse, acoustic production of her first album is replaced with a more naturalistic approach. Parish and Khouri have not left minimalism behind, but have instead made the most of every element, with carefully curated space providing depth, where there might otherwise be emptiness. Sonically, the album is set to a shifting sonic tapestry, taking in blues, fragile drum machine rhythms and sun-bleached 1970s Laurel Canyon rock. Though the record finds Khouri uncertain of her place in the world, her music has never felt more assured or precise.
Nadine Khouri, vocals, guitars, Mellotron (4) synth (5) programming
Basia Bartz, Mellotron, violin, backing vocals, piano (4) MicroKorg (2)
Francis Booth, bass
Tomas Garcia, drums, sampler, Mellotron (3)
Tom Chadd, keyboards, Nord, Hammond, Rhodes, piano, synth (6)
John Parish, keyboards, Korg MS-20, percussion, electric guitar (8) backing vocals (6)
Jake McMurchie, baritone & tenor saxophone
Adrian Crowley, backing vocals (4, 5, 9)
Lizzy O’Connor, backing vocals (1, 2, 4, 6)
Josh Allen, ambient percussion (9)
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.
This album contains no booklet.