FKP Scorpio presents:

Nerina Pallot

Komedia Bath
22-23 Westgate Street Bath, BA1 1EP

Following up the release of her stunning 2017 LP ‘Stay Lucky’, and her vibrant standalone offering ‘Oh Berlin’ in 2020, the enigmatic Nerina Pallot has now returned to announce the details behind her eagerly-awaited new full-length release ‘I Don’t Know What I’m Doing’, showcased by album opener, lead single ‘Cold Places’.

Some art comes to its creator like a crack of thunder: a strike of inspiration out of the blue. Other projects require nurturing; they need to be coaxed out of their hiding places like shy creatures. In the case of Nerina Pallot’s magnificent seventh album, I Don’t Know What I’m Doing, it turned out to be a case of the latter. This record is the product of more than three years of songwriting and studio sessions, resulting in what is undoubtedly one of her finest works to date. It is filled with memories of childhood, strange tales of fate and coincidence, and beautifully realised reflections of self. It’s about making mistakes, learning from them, and celebrating life for as long as we have breath in our bodies.

Those familiar with Pallot’s work will understand the pressure she felt to follow on from her critically adored 2017 album, Stay Lucky. Described by Pallot as her “death and shagging record”, it was praised for its expansive production juxtaposed with startingly intimate songwriting. “I was so happy with my last record,” the 47-year-old says. “I wrote it in a week and recorded it in about four days… it just came out.” After 2011’s Year of the Wolf, Pallot’s fourth and final album released by a major label, she began revelling in the freedom to “do whatever the f***” she wants. Yet she continues to be her own harshest critic: “Anything I put out has to meet my own quality control.”

Rest assured that I Don’t Know What I’m Doing will delight both old and new fans. It opens on “Cold Places” with a shiver of the harp, notes crawling like tendrils of ice across fallen leaves on a forest floor. Pallot wrote an early incarnation of the song following a wintry walk along the Thames, beginning the recording process at her home studio in London. “It tortured me for years,” she says, of the ensuing struggle to perfect it. “I hated it, then I loved it, then I hated it again… some days I thought it was my favourite thing that I’d ever done, then some days I’d weep with frustration. It was so lonely making this song.” Yet that loneliness is what haunts the song so beautifully. Pallot’s diaphanous voice glides across exquisite arrangements of sweeping synths and flurrying strings, is suspended amid a delicate cluster of piano notes, then soars joyfully, like sunlight darting across the surface of a swift-flowing river. “Every loss and every retrieval,” she sings. “Every old hurt and every upheaval/ They will be your armour now.”

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