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Nicole Atkins – Slow Phaser (album review)

28 Apr

Nicole Atkins Slow Phaser

Recently, during our 24 hour charity blogathon in fact, Nicole Atkins’ latest album, Slow Phaser, was streaming in its entirety online. Despite a strong urge, we had to resist the temptation to just sit and listen to it. We knew that if we did, the blogathon would be detrimentally affected as we’d just want to hear it again and again, and as such our writing would dry up. It was a tough choice but one we’re glad we made as not only did we raise a fair chunk of change for Cancer Research but it meant that we could come back to Nicole at a later date and give Slow Phaser the care and attention it deserved.

Now, having spent a few weeks with the album in the lead up to its UK release we know we made the right choice. The ease with which our finger has slipped to repeat and the CD has been left to simply re-start justifies our decision to wait until the Blogathon was complete before listening properly. There is so much on offer in Atkins third full length release that you will want to pour over it, devour and savour each morsel of this feast of musical tapas.

There are styles aplenty, themes and emotions a go go but most of all, throughout the entire album there is an overwhelming sense of creativity, of imagination and of deep shadowy undercurrents. Woven within each aspect there is always sadness, heartache, melancholy and despair. Even on lead single “Girl You Look Amazing”, which is a disco fuelled dance floor filling lightshow of a song, there is the sadness of a wasted life laid bare for all to see.

There’s pop music, indie, folk, disco, a show tune and even a hymn of sorts; each one sounding as confident and as accomplished as the last. “Cool People” and “We Wait Too Long” in particular are infectious little indie-pop numbers, our favourite (still) “Red Ropes” is a film noir and “It’s Only Chemistry” an alt-folk sing-along anthem.

It’s quality song writing, musicianship and storytelling. It’s dark and twisted, light and breezy and mesmeric. It’s Nicole at her best and it’s right up there with the albums of the year so far.

‘Slow Phaser’ is now out in the UK and available to buy on iTunes.

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Nicole Atkins – “Girl You Look Amazing” (video)

26 Mar

Nicole Atkins Hangover

When we fell completely in love with the grand Lynchian bluesy pop sound of Nicole Atkins’ “Red Ropes” (our favourite track of 2013), we knew immediately that this was someone special. When we saw her play a solo live set a few nights later, we knew with absolute certainty that we were right. What we hadn’t appreciated though, was how funky she could get. Now we’ve heard “Girl You Look Amazing”, there’s no doubting her prowess there either.

Taken from her latest album, Slow Phaser (out in the States already, it gets a UK release at the end of April), “Girl You Look Amazing” is, well, amazing. She says that the song came to her in a dream, being sung by David Byrne in a big dance club and clearly dreams come true (except the David Byrne bit) as there is a glorious nightclub, disco vibe to it.

As the bassline struts along and the guitar jangles like a film noir Nile Rogers (oh yes, there is still some darkness here, but we’ll get to that) you are invited to put on your glad rags, oil up those joints and get your groove on. An infectious and danceable beat behoves your attention and your shoulders, feet and hips will not be able to resist. It’s cutting choreographed shapes on an illuminated dancefloor, it’s busting moves in the centre of an enthusiastic crowd, swinging arms, rolling shoulders, bouncing feet and clapping hands. It’s fantastically compulsive; just the kind of song to get you funny looks from fellow travellers as you vibe along on the train. Trust us, we know.

But yes, there is darkness here too, a shadow cast over the discotheque that is imperceptible to all but this amazing looking girl. For, as glorious and bright, as infectious and funky as it sounds, it hides a secret. As Nicole has explained, it’s actually about a girl whose life is a mess. She has got s caught up in the party that she now uses it to hide from the real world. She’s missed so much in her life giving it all to the clubs and glitzy events that she can’t go back and she never never never wants to go home.

Take a watch of the video for a brilliantly tongue in cheek look at exactly what it is she is missing.

”Girl You Look Amazing” will be released on 5 May and ‘Slow Phaser’ gets its UK release on 28 April.

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