Nadine Shah has released ‘Twenty Things’, the second single from her upcoming full-length, ‘Filthy Underneath’. Upon a hypnotic groove, dramatic piano stabs and a gloomy sonic atmosphere, Shah recounts various colourful characters who appear to hide darker secrets.
In the second verse, she sings: “They’re laying flowers by the bus stop / Some poor old junkie’s lucks up / Took a man and woman on the same day / His right leg shorter than the other / The second eldest brother / Goes to see his mother every Sunday ”.
In a press release, Shah expressed that the sombre track was inspired by a slate of characters she encountered “whilst in recovery”. “No-one tells you that you’ll end up feeling so deeply for the people you meet there,” she wrote. “What makes it more intense is the fact that you know, statistically, that not everyone is going to make it once they’ve left the place.”“Some of the most unspeakable things had happened to these people and equally some of the most heinous things were done by them.
You’re supposed to love the sinner and hate the sin. I loved them all,” she added.Watch Shah’s mostly black-and-white video for the track, directed by Sel MacLean, below:In addition to releasing ‘Twenty Things’, Shah has announced a five-date headlining tour across the UK in Spring 2024, beginning in Newcastle’s Boiler Shop on April 26, and concluding in London’s Heaven on May 2.Read more on nme.com