Los Angeles, California, USA. Although based in New York City, Nastasias eerie songwriting is rooted firmly in the southern gothic tradition. The singer-songwriter and guitarist grew up in Hollywood before relocating to Seattle and then New York, working low-paying jobs while writing songs and attempting to launch her recording career. Her debut album Dogs, engineered by Steve Albini and released on the Socialist label in 2000, served to introduce Nastasias lo-fi take on country and folk, with lyrics veering from the childlike (Judys In The Sandbox) to the plain macabre (Roadkill).
Following the release of her debut, Nastasia signed a recording contract with the larger Touch & Go label, releasing her second album The Blackened Air in 2002. Recorded with Albini, strings and horns were more noticeable on this collection, but rather than sweetening the mix they added a layer of surreal drama to...