Nina Nastasia has announced Riderless Horse, her first album in 12 years, which will be out digitally on July 22 and physically on November 4 via Temporary Residence Ltd. She co-produced the album with Steve Albini and you can listen to the first single, the spare "Just Stay in Bed," below.
Nina wrote an essay for the album, noting that it's her first after an extended leave from music, as well as the first since her former partner and producer Kennan Gudjonsson died by suicide in January 2020. "I can only feel sadness and guilt about it. Maybe I’ll have other reactions to it later on," Nina writes. "Riderless Horse documents the grief, but it also marks moments of empowerment and a real happiness in discovering my own capability." You can read her full essay below.
Nina's three previous albums are getting reissued by Temporary Residence Ltd and she'll be on tour with Mogwai starting this week, including the NYC show at Brooklyn Steel on Thursday (4/7). All dates are listed below.
Riderless Horse is my first solo record, and it’s the first record my former partner, Kennan Gudjonsson, didn’t produce.
I haven’t made an album since 2010. I decided to stop pursuing music several years after my sixth record, Outlaster, because of unhappiness, overwhelming chaos, mental illness, and my tragically dysfunctional relationship with Kennan. Creating music had always been a positive outlet during difficult times, but eventually it became a source of absolute misery.
Kennan, a cat, and I lived in a studio apartment in NYC for 25 years, finding ways to survive while making records and going on tours. Our apartment was the place where people would come stay, eat, drink, play music, and use our tub. It was quite a home we had created, but it was decaying steadily from the moment we moved in, and in the end, it was as if black mold was growing beneath the surface, undetected, and the two of us were dying and getting too weak to ever leave. We loved each other. We were each other’s family, but there was ongoing abuse, control and manipulation. We hid. We didn’t want anyone to see how ugly things could get, so we increasingly isolated from our friends and family. We were lost.
On January 26, 2020, I made the decision to separate and live apart, and on January 27, Kennan died by suicide. What a thing, suicide. I can only feel sadness and guilt about it. Maybe I’ll have other reactions to it later on.
Riderless Horse documents the grief, but it also marks moments of empowerment and a real happiness in discovering my own capability. Steve Albini produced this record with me, and Greg Norman assisted. The three of us are old friends, and we did a field recording in a guesthouse built like a lighthouse that two very dear friends of mine have in Esopus, NY. It was exactly the right environment to work on this record. We all had meals together, cried, laughed, and told stories. It was perfect. It made me realize how much I love writing, playing and recording music.
Terrible things happen. These were some terrible things. So, what to do – learn something valuable, connect with people, move the fuck out of that apartment, remember the humor, find the humor, tell the truth, and make a record. I made a record.
1. Cork and Pour
2. Just Stay in Bed
3. You Were So Mad
4. This Is Love
6. Lazy Road
7. Ask Me
8. Blind as Batsies
9. The Two of Us
10. Go Away
11. The Roundabout
14. Creek and Chimes
Nina Nastasia – 2022 Tour
All dates with Mogwai
Apr 5 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
Apr 6 Theater of Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Apr 7 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY
Apr 8 Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA
Apr 9 Corona Theatre, Montreal, QC
Apr 11 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON
Apr 12 Metro, Chicago, IL
Apr 13 First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
Apr 14 Waiting Room, Omaha, NE
Apr 15 Gothic Theater, Englewood, CO
Apr 18 Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC
Apr 19 The Showbox, Seattle, WA
Apr 20 Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR
Apr 22 The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
Apr 23 The Fonda Theater, Los Angeles, CA
Apr 24 The Observatory North Park, San Diego, CA