Mute Song: Nadine Shah – Holiday Destination


Shortlisted for the 2018 Hyundai Mercury Prize, Nadine Shah’s ‘Holiday Destination’ – her brilliant and compelling third album – sees her stepping out of the shadow of the complicated relationships she examined on her second album ‘Fast Food’ and taking account of the world at large exploring the refugee crisis, Islamophobia and political corruption.

However, despite its themes, ‘Holiday Destination‘ is anything but a difficult listen. From the off it immediately becomes apparent that Shah and collaborator, co-writer and producer Ben Hillier’s knack for sharp hooks and rhythms have only progressed further.

For Nadine Shah, the first ideas for ‘Holiday Destination‘ came back in 2014, “I saw this really shocking news piece. It was about migrants and refugees turning up on the shores of Kos in Greece by the thousands. There were some holidaymakers being interviewed and they were talking about how ‘they’re really ruining our holiday’. The fact that they had no shame in saying that whilst being interviewed, on national television… it really shocked me. This is what I am seeing across the globe: people unashamedly saying these awful things. It’s like, wow – people really don’t care and they’ll happily talk about how they don’t care. That’s why it’s called Holiday Destination.”

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