JMSN Swifta Beater Ape Drums Kan Wakan Lee 'Scratch' Perry Kaasi YΔCHT

Nadine Khouri


  • nadine_khouri_biog.docx
    • nadine_khouri_catapult_pr.pdf
      • nadine_khouri_hires.jpg

        Noted by John Parish (PJ Harvey, Giant Sand) for her voice, Khouri was invited to guest on a track on his latest release 'Screenplay' & subsequently to record her album with the producer in his hometown of Bristol.

        Recorded live in a vaulted Georgian basement with a band assembled by Khouri, the album also features contributions from Irish singer-songwriter Adrian Crowley, French drummer Jean-Marc Butty (PJ Harvey, Mick Harvey, Raincoats) & Parish among others, with Khouri on guitar, ukulele, piano & harmonium duties.

        The resulting album is a collection of poetic & atmospheric meditations on loss & transformation.

        Khouri's singular voice soars above droning organ, pulsating shakers, and an occasional choir of male voices (featuring John Parish, J Allen, Ruban Byrne & singer-songwriter Adrian Crowley on the haunting eponymous 'The Salted Air') 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). A self-avowed itinerant misfit, Khouri's latest offering seems less about geographic displacement as it does a return to the Self. Allusions to Rilke, Vesaas, & Al-Hallaj permeate the atmospheric confessionals, as the listener journeys from the moody a cappella 'Thru You I Awaken' to the warm gospel-inflected closer 'Catapult'.

        In the past few months, Khouri has performed at Royal Festival Hall, Union Chapel, National Portrait Gallery and St Pancras Old Church to name a few, and shared the stage with the likes of Howe Gelb, Mary Hampton and John Parish.

        "Meditative, spectral dreamscapes... extraordinary voice: a fragile, sensuous instrument" - MOJO

        "Lush, dreamy songwriting with a gilded edge... Deliciously moody." - CLASH

        "Nadine Khouri has always had the ability to make quietness and subtlety sound huge and mean more than it possibly could." - THE 405

        Photo by Steve Gullick

Nadine Khouri

Nadine Khouri

30 Jun 17The Campfire ClubLondon, UK
12 Jul 17The LexingtonLondon, UK