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Nadine Shah discusses gaslighting on new song 'Buckfast'


Nadine Shah has shared another track from her upcoming album, Kitchen Sink, with the brilliant ‘Buckfast’.

If you’re unsure as to what ‘Buckfast’ is in reference to then it is clear you didn’t spend much time hanging on British street corners during your teens. On her new song, Shah isn’t exploring the tonic wine but about a “toxic relationship”.

Kitchen Sink arrives on June 15th and sees Shah finding her groove as she writes engaged and effervescent music brimming with thought and intelligence as well as being imbued with a steely resolve.

‘Buckfast’ works as a perfect distillation of this duality. Having released the title track and ‘Ladies For Babies (Goats For Love)’ the singer-songwriter has shared the new song, an exploration of gaslighting.

“[Buckfast] is definitely not my drink of choice or one that I would admit to drinking anyway,” she said. “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,” Shah suggested. “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 leftover from old Indian takeaways and cut the corner of mould off the bread meals.”

Shah explained the meaning of the song a little further: “It’s a conversation between me and so many of my friends in our 30s. There’s that panic that so many of us have that we are running out of time, when it comes to having children.

“It’s like when we were younger we all made our own timelines in our minds of when we thought we would do certain things. If you were to tell 14 year old me I’d be 34, unmarried and have no children I’d have never believed it. Lots of my friends I’ve spoken to did this very same thing.”

Listen to Nadine Shah’s ‘Buckfast’ below: