“Another Life” is the second album by singer-songwriter Nadine Khouri, set for release on Talitres on the 18th November 2022. 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”.
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.
The album frequently touches on that which has been lost - from life in a pre-social media world, to a city that no longer looks the same, or the ghosts of those left behind (the late, great singer Lhasa de Sela is also referenced in tribute.) “When the pandemic happened and I was stuck between four walls in London“, says Khouri, “it was hard not to start excavating the past – people that I knew that are no longer with us, lives I’ve lived that seemed lost or far from me. I was writing so that I wouldn’t forget a lot of things for good”. In “Another Life”, Khouri has captured these thoughts and memories, finding universality in her singular experience.
“Another Life” closes in Marseille, which acts as something of a metaphor for hope. A key port for immigrants who have crossed the Mediterranean seeking a better future, Khouri has found herself spending more time in the city, seeking a more anchored life in a post-Brexit world. In the album’s final song, ‘Box of Echoes’, the narrator walks the streets of the city and reflects on the memories that he carries with him. “I traded everything to be here“, Khouri sings, “I left everyone I held so dear”. Finally, she begins to turn the page to a new chapter, reminding us that she will never fully leave behind the lives that have led her to this point.
Nadine Khouri ‘Another Life’ | 1. Another Life — 2. Keep On Pushing These Walls — 3. Briefly Here — 4. The Broken Light — 5. Lo-fi Moon — 6. Vertigo — 7. Visitations – 8. Song of a Caged Bird — 9. Box of Echoes
Musicians: Basia Bartz (violon, keyboards, choir), Francis Booth (bass), Tomas Garcia (drums), Tom Chadd (keyboards), Jake McChurchie (saxophone), Adrian Crowley (choirs), Lizzy O’Connor (choirs), Josh Allen (percussions), & John Parish (synth, percussions, electric guitar).