nina nastasia – riderless horse

TW: this record contains material on suicide and abuse

‘Riderless Horse’ is a lonely album about two people. Like Mount Eerie’s ‘A Crow Looked At Me,’ Nastasia’s first record in twelve years isn’t even an echo: it’s the initial reverberation of real life despair. The jagged candor of her writing is entrusted to expertly patched up vocals and rhyming schemes that share the tight authority of a traditional folk song. As the album winds in and out of autonomy, self-reliance, and horror, the narrative shifts are lashings to the chest. People are not simple, she says. Nor are the people they love. Nor is leaving them.

28/30

A favourite: ‘Go Away’

‘Riderless Horse’ is out now via Temporary Residence.

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