Nadine Shah

The alluring result of Pakistani and Norwegian parentage, Whitburn, South Tyneside-based singer/songwriter Nadine Shah possesses a voice and more importantly, a mystique, that has oft been described as a blend between PJ Harvey and Nick Cave, but her brooding, intensely atmospheric blend of midnight loner pop and torchy, jazz-kissed indie rock owes a nod to fellow English insomniacs like Anna Calvi, Richard Hawley, and Antony Hegarty as well.

Inspired by jazz and pop as a youth, as well the religious Sufi songs that her father brought into the home, Shah issued a series of evocative singles and a pair of EPs before releasing her debut long-player, 2013's Love Your Dum and Mad, produced by Ben Hillier (Blur, the Horrors, Depeche Mode). Hillier returned for 2015's follow-up Fast Food, an album that explored the passionate and dark sides of relationships. ~ James Christopher Monger, Rovi

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