Release Date: Oct 3, 2006
Record label: Fat Cat
Genre(s): Indie, Rock, Singer-Songwriter
It's been three years since Nina Nastasia released Run to Ruin on Touch & Go. The indie label also re-released her 1999 debut Dogs, making On Leaving her first new recording in three years and her debut on Fat Cat. While Nastasia is well-known for her minimal arrangements and Southern Gothic approach to purging hurt, rage, and disappointment, it was always held in beautifully by her elegantly simple but arresting voice.
Nina Nastasia’s Run to Ruin from 2003 is just over half-an-hour long, yet it folds more menace and mystery into those minutes than most records twice its length. By taking the gothic mid-American trappings of The Blackened Air for a stroll around the twin bicoastal centers, Nastasia accomplishes something amazing – the soundtrack to a kind of modern daylight noir, with all of the ferocity and sadness of a great Robert Mitchum movie. Her fractured narratives tiptoe past grimy cashier windows, paper-thin motel walls, and broken glass boardwalks, into the lives of individuals who can’t escape their lonely urban peripheries.