THE four years Nadine Shah has spent working on her debut album have become a bit of a Blur.
This month the Whitburn singer launches the first songs from the record, Aching Bones, with a special show at the Baltic, in Gateshead.
The EP is being released on acclaimed indie label Club Fandango and was produced by Ben Hillier, the man behind albums by huge bands including Blur, Depeche Mode and Editors.
While Nadine, who splits her time between living with her parents in Whitburn and working in London, says working with a big-name producer has developed her sound, she is also worried about the weight of expectation on her shoulders.
“I’m really excited for the EP to come out,” said the 24-year-old.
“I feel very privileged to have worked with Ben. He was my number one choice from the off.
“I never thought he’d go for it, but he said ‘yes’ straight away and since he came on board, things went really quickly.
“He’s a legend and has come up with a great sound for the songs, which start out as just me and a piano, and filled them out to make them sound less organic.
“It feels like I’ve had an unfair advantage in a way because people know him, but the flipside is that there’s a sense of expectation because he’s worked on the album.”
Since the songs were completed, Nadine has been getting a band together in preparation to unleash the songs on the public.
Aching Bones is released on November 19 – the same day she launches it at the Baltic.
She added: “It’s an iconic venue to perform in and slightly unusual for a gig.
“I’m really excited about it. Even though I spend a lot of time in London, the songs were recorded in the North East and all of my family and friends are here.
“It’s a venue that I hope everyone that comes along will feel comfortable in. It should suit older and younger people.”
The video for Aching Bones was produced by local film-makers Jukebox Films – set up by Boldon’s Ian West and Neil Burdess – and can be viewed at www.thequietus.com/articles/10606-watch-nadine-shah-aching-bones.