New York singer-songwriter Nina Nastasia plays The Workman’s Club with Adrian Crowley on Friday December 10th.
Following the release of her sixth album Outlaster NYC songwriter-noir Nina Nastasia returns to Dublin to join a bill including 2009 Choice Music champ & Chemikal Underground recording artist Adrian Crowley, Cavan twang-mistress Lisa O’Neill & acclaimed DJ & filmmaker Donal Dineen.
Nina Nastasia‘s first album in over two years, Outlaster is an achievement of staggering beauty by an artist of pervasive, quiet influence undergoing a sea change in musical form. Recording once more with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago, Nina engaged Los Angeles instrumentalist and arranger Paul Bryan (Grant Lee Buffalo, Aimee Mann, Allen Toussaint, Mavis Staples, Lucinda Williams and many more) to adapt her songs into a score for a small orchestra. Then Nastasia and long-time companion/collaborator Kennan Gudjonsson assembled string and woodwind quartets, finding the perfect complement with drummer Jay Bellerose and Chicago guitarist Jeff Parker (Tortoise).
Descriptions of Nina’s recent works, often put as “lean”, “sparse”, “delicate”, do not capture the spirit of Outlaste’. It is work of lush sophistication that, with no loss of distinction or economy, transcends the reach of Nastasia’s famed sparseness. The orchestra takes a more formal approach with Paul Bryan’s powerfully affecting score, hearkening back to the likes of Gil Evans and late Phil Ochs. Burnished with lustrous horns and reeds bolstered by a dynamic string ensemble, the record marks a distinct shift as much for the label as for Nina. Throughout FatCat’s richly diverse catalogue, you will not find another record like this.
In 2009 Adrian Crowley signed a worldwide deal with the legendary Scottish label, Chemikal Underground Records, released his fifth album Season of the Sparks to critical acclaim and won the Choice Music Prize for Best Album in Ireland. He also found time to curate the Homelights mini festival (which will return in 2011).
The Workman’s Club
Fri December 10th, 7pm
Tickets €17.50 on sale now!
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