Interview With Nadine Khouri
TRANSIENT SONGS PREOCCUPIED WITH NOSTALGIA, DISPLACEMENT, HONESTY, EXILE AND LOVE
Nadine Khouri is a Lebanese-born singer-songwriter who for the last few years has been living in her adopted home of East London, where she spends her time collecting novelty instruments and guitar pedals, traipsing our smoggy capital’s dirty streets, and writing songs documenting a seemingly dangerous and transient life. A cult figure in her former Lebanon (which has one of the best flags going BTW), Khouri has recently unleashed the first of two EPs (A Song to the City) to be released this year, which documents her preoccupations with nostalgia, displacement, honesty, exile and love, and covers a diverse range of genres from alternative country at one end of the continuum to spoken word whispers at t’other. Whilst spanning this myriad of styles, Khouri’s voice remains constant, singular and brooding, whether resonating over intricate finger-picking and loop experimentalism, or echoing poignantly around the tumult of a souk, accompanied only by a wonky banjo. It’s breathy, but not like a dirty phone call; it’s murmured but never muttered; it’s intimate, but here for all to share; it’s familiar, but different enough to stand alone.
Better than my words (which are just a load of words from the dictionary, arranged in a suitable order as decided by me) why not have a look at Nadine’s pictorial responses to our questions instead. And check out this free track, though beware – in these troubled times of instant everything where there seems to be a distinct attention deficit imbalance, you may need to have a few listens. It’s a slow burner, but then some of the best things always are. As a little bonus why not treat yourself to a little view of her video for Rouge too.