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Nadine Shah examines gaslighting through bad habits on “Buckfast”

British songwriter Nadine Shah has a new album called Kitchen Sink coming out next month, although it has now been pushed back to the 26th. Nevertheless, she’s treating us today with a new track called “Buckfast”. For those of you not familiar, Buckfast is an extremely cheap and fizzy “fortified wine” sold here in the UK. Shah tells us more about her song, saying:

“Definitely not my drink of choice or one that I would admit to drinking anyway. I like the idea that it is brewed by Benedictine monks though, makes it seem that bit classier. But like this song, we hide our bad habits, the “food too embarrassing”, unworthy of our Instagram feed. The food we scrape together when we feel so shite and can’t take ourselves to the shop so make up a concoction of condiments left over from old Indian takeaways and cut the corner of mould off the bread meals. “Buckfast” is about a toxic relationship, it’s about gaslighting.”

Shah once again shows off her lyrical and vocal poise through “Buckfast”, expertly sauntering across the track with elegance that belies the sinister element lying beneath. Her band clangs, scronks, pings and twinkles, in one of the most interesting arrangements we’ve heard from them yet, and it perfectly captures the mood of Shah’s inscrutable and devilish vocals. A song as addictive as it is troubling, “Buckfast” once again proves that there’s nobody quite like Nadine Shah.

Nadine Shah’s new album Kitchen Sink is out on June 26 via Infectious Music. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.