NZ alt-folk songwriter Nadia Reid has just released her second album, ‘Preservation’.
It’s a stunning body of work, which shows her honing her songwriting chops even more, with bolder lyrics and rich instrumentation.
Production wise, ‘Preservation’ sounds like a blend of Kurt Vile guitar licks, Fleetwood Mac sensibilities, Joni Mitchell songwriting; and overall it has a ‘Cat Power meets Sharon Van Etten’ vibe.
A standout track is ‘Richard’, with its stomping beat, hooky guitar line, and beautifully detailed lyrics.
Reid recently explained making the album to The Spinoff, saying, “It was all about feeling ready and having enough songs to make another album and really wanting to make another album. We just did it the exact same way we did the first one and I think the natural progression of time and experience and different life stages just allowed the record to sound different – not better, just different.”
After her debut came out, Reid starting getting some serious international attention from the likes of The Guardian, Pitchfork and Billboard Magazine - who headlined an interview with her as ‘Nadia Reid, Otherworldly Voice of New Zealand, Is Saving Folk Music’.
She’s explained that one by saying, “I never really thought too much about it, ‘cause it’s so full on.”
Produced by Lyttleton producer Ben Edwards, who’s also made records by the acclaimed Aldous Harding and Marlon Williams, ‘Preservation’ sounds like a classic that’s not going to date any time soon.
Be sure to check out a live show of hers; Reid will be playing a bunch of album release shows around the country in April. Click here for tour dates.
And have a listen to ‘Preservation’ below: