Late Lounge: Nadia Reid
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Nadia Reid is a folk singer who possesses a measured melancholia that speaks eloquently of the smouldering embers of life’s firestorms. In 2011, Reid’s much lauded EP Letters I Wrote And Never Sent received critical acclaim, and her track Rise and Fall featured in Gerard Smythe’s post Christchurch Earthquake Film When A City Falls.
"Sometimes the song is the easy part. Listening to Nadia Reid it seems that way, they appear (on stage and on record) fully formed, alive in the world, born and crafted with a weight that belies their authors young age. Maybe it’s because Nadia sounds more than a singer, and more than a songwriter. She sounds like a worker, one who cares for her craft and the path in which she intends to take it. Her songs shape and turn and lie carved in the air, they carry your ear and lift your eye to the back of the room, the corner of your heart and the world outside your window but sometimes that’s not enough. Sometimes the song is the easy part. To make them live you have to give them out, send or carry them into the world. That’s the hard work, and that’s where you find a writer’s gift, their true worth. Nadia carries those songs and the moments they create, like water from a well, like a thing to care about. If you’re a listener then you can trust her, it helps to know she refuses to take it lightly and will work as hard as she wants you listen.” — Adam McGrath, The Eastern.
Raised in Port Chalmers, Reid had a coming of age in the musical mecca of Christchurch, followed by a building of song towers in the metropolis of Auckland. She is presently hunkered down in the Capital crafting songs for her debut LP Listen to Formation, Look for the Signs due for independent release in 2014.