NADIA REID

Moseley Folk 2017 - Nadia Reid

In 2015 Auckland-based singer-songwriter Nadia Reid’s debut album, Listen to Formation, Look for the Signs dissected a recently ended relationship. Finding layers of failure and hidden motives, Reid’s outlook on love appeared somewhat hopeless but her lyrics were couched in a warm delivery and unusually hooky arrangements that gave the songs a distinct air of optimism. On the track Runaway Reid sings “When I hit the ground in all my glory I will know where I have come from” and in a glowing review of the album Pitchfork echoed this sentiment, saying “Reid’s acute understanding of where she’s been sets her up nicely for what happens next.”

“The 25-year-old New Zealander has delicately but decidedly upped the ante”, wrote the Guardian earlier this year as it greeted Reid’s follow-up effort Preservation, a textured record that has tempered her folk leanings with tinges of jazz. Mojo have called it “one of the year’s landmark releases” and Line of Best Fit have called it “pretty much off the scale”.

Talking to Billboard magazine from her New Zealand home two years ago, Reid said “My particular crowd here is not huge… Having this American/European release is opening my eyes to the fact that there’s a lot of people in the world… it gets me wanting to break out of the country.” Now that Reid has broken out, we are lucky to have her at Moseley Folk – make sure you get there in time to see her.