What does it sound like?:
Nadine Khouri has found her musical soul-mate in John Parish. Her hushed, stately voice is perfectly matched by his gritty understatement. Khouri spent her first seven years in Beirut and is now based in London. She has been floating round the periphery of the music business for quite a time, making her debut album as long ago as 2005. The Salted Air is its follow up with only an EP, some singles and a number of collaborations to show for the intervening years. Fortunately, one of those collaborations was with Parish on a soundtrack. Parish is renowned for his atmospheric soundscapes. Eels fans will know him from his work on Souljacker and PJ Harvey credits him with teaching her his guitar technique.
The Salted Air was recorded live in a basement in Bristol. It is a chimera of an album, the sound of a wispy, mysterious figure, gazing longingly out to sea looking for someone gone or not yet there, as the breeze billows her skirts and robes. There is a tender, troubled soul at the heart of it.
The two tracks that bookend the album are the most effective. The opener, Thru You » Continue Reading.