If a novel could have a theme song, this would be the one I’d choose for mine.
I recently discovered Nadine Shah and can’t get enough of her music. I haven’t come across a bad song from her yet.
She has a low, slightly husky voice that perfectly suits the Gothic edge of her alt rock music, which is full of honest lyrics with a strong storytelling twist.
Dreary Town is a favourite of mine for its poignant and haunting sound. Many of Shah’s songs are about the stigma surrounding mental health issues, and much of her first album was influenced by the deaths of two friends who she lost to suicide.
Shah was born and bred in the North East, and I love it when her accent slips through in her songs.
She also has some fantastic videos – I’m particularly fond of Fool, with its mocking hipster dance party, jangling guitars and androgynous style.
This is one singer songwriter who oozes talent and deserves all her critical acclaim.