Recording once more with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago, Nina engaged Los Angeles instrumentalist and arranger Paul Bryan to adapt her songs into a score for a small orchestra. Featuring drummer Jay Bellerose and Chicago guitarist Jeff Parker (Tortoise), Outlaster is aided by, all in all, a dream band. This album is a work of lush sophistication that, with no loss of distinction or economy, transcends the reach of Nastasia’s famed sparseness. The orchestra takes a more formal approach with Paul Bryan’s powerfully affecting score – hearkening back to the likes of Gil Evans and the late Phil Ochs – burnishing the record with lustrous horns and reeds and a dynamic string ensemble.


Recorded & Mixed by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago
Mastered by John and JJ Golden at Golden Mastering in Ventura, California
All songs written by Nina Nastasia

Nina Nastasia – all vocals and acoustic guitar
Jay Bellerose – drums
Paul Bryan – electric bass and piano
Oto Carrillo – French horn
Stephen Day – cello
James Falzone – clarinet
June Matayoshi – oboe and English horn
Jeff Parker – electric guitar
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Matthew Szemela – 1st violin
Amie Weiss – 2nd violin
Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin – viola
Paul Bryan – orchestral and woodwind arrangements and conducting
Kennan Gudjonsson – album artwork and musical director
Dave Thomas (“DLT”) – album artwork
Dylan Willemsa – arrangement on “What’s Out There” (with Paul Bryan)

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