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Nicole Atkins announces new album ‘Italian Ice’ and UK shows in May | Hear first track

February 16, 2020
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NICOLE ATKINS CHANNELS BOARDWALK SOUL VIA MUSCLE SHOALSON NEW ALBUM ‘ITALIAN ICE’ OUT 17TH APRIL ON SINGLE LOCK RECORDS

NEW ALBUM FEATURES MEMBERS OF THE BAD SEEDS, MIDLAKE AND DAP-KINGS, SPOONER OLDHAM, DAVID HOOD, SETH AVETT, JOHN PAUL WHITE & OTHERS.

HEAR NEW SONG ‘CAPTAIN’ FEAT. BRITT DANIEL (SPOON) ON SPOTIFY AND SOUNDCLOUD

WATCH ‘CAPTAIN’ VIDEO HERE

UK SHOWS CONFIRMED IN MAY 

The wild magic of the Jersey Shore boardwalk has inspired musicians across generations, but it takes a uniquely distinct vision to go find that slice of regional wonder in Northern Alabama. On ‘Italian Ice’ (17th April / Single Lock Records), that’s exactly what Nicole Atkins has done, taking over the hallowed Muscle Shoals Sound Studio with a one-of-a-kind band featuring members of the Bad Seeds, Dap-Kings, the legendary Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and more.

Musically, it doesn’t make any sense,” says Atkins half-jokingly. “But I’m a superfan of all of them and we ended up with the weirdest, craziest band ever. It just became this awesome misfit party.” Watch the video for ‘Captain,’ which features guest vocals from Spoon’s Britt Daniel and finds Nicole starring in the most fashion-forward 80s infomercial ever.

Named dually for her favourite summer treat growing up in Asbury Park and an alter ego she’s taken on while shooting dice, ‘Italian Ice’ has been described by Nicole as “an acid trip through my record collection,” at turns as opulent as symphonic pop and as gritty as garage punk with shades of psych-rock, honky-tonk and girl-group melodrama. Conjuring the romance and danger of the Jersey Shore, ‘Italian Ice’s eleven tracks ultimately channel an endless summer set to the sounds of the AM radio dial. 

Nicole will tour ‘Italian Ice throughout 2020 and has confirmed a string of UK shows in May: 

TUE 26TH MAY – THE MOTH CLUB, LONDON – TICKETS                   

WED 27TH MAY – BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB, LEEDS – TICKETS

THU 28TH MAY – THE CLUNY, NEWCASTLE – TICKETS

FRI 29TH MAY – RED ROOSTER FESTIVAL, EUSTON HALL – TICKETS 

For the ‘Italian Ice’ sessions at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, Nicole gathered a group of her “best musical friends” – who just so happen to be Jim Sclavunos and David “Moose” Sherman of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Dap-Kings’ Binky Griptite and drummer McKenzie Smith (St. Vincent, Midlake) – along with Spooner Oldham and David Hood of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. Co-produced by Nicole and Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes), ‘Italian Ice’ also features special guests Seth Avett, John Paul White and Erin Rae, and songs co-written with Hamilton Leithauser, Britt Daniel and Carl Broemel. 

Nicole Atkins is a songwriter and performer with a fearless and frank style. Fans of Atkins’ previous release ‘Goodnight Rhonda Lee’ include Rolling Stone (who previously named her a “Top 10 Artist to Watch”), Uncut, Mojo, NME, NPR and American Songwriter. In addition to writing, recording, and playing music, the Nashville-by-way-of-Asbury Park musician is an art school graduate who specialised in wildlife illustration and is an active painter. Nicole will also be sharing her original artwork with fans through her newly-launched Patreon page, ‘Natkins Funhouse’. Fans who join will have access to items from Nicole including hand-designed monthly calendars and seasonal 8×10 art prints – as well as exclusive content like unreleased videos, demos and brand new covers. Step inside the Natkins Funhouse on Patreon here: www.patreon.com/natkinsfunhouse

Pre-Order ‘Italian Ice’ here, including on 180 Gram Audiophile Black and limited-edition Translucent Ruby vinyl: www.nicoleatkins.com 

‘ITALIAN ICE’ TRACKLISTING:

 AM Gold

Mind Eraser

Domino

Forever

Captain

Never Going Home Again

St. Dymphna

Far From Home

A Road To Nowhere

These Old Roses

In The Splinters 

 www.nicoleatkins.com

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