New Release & Video: Nathaniel Rateliff – What A Drag

Photo Credit: Danny Clinch

Today, Nathaniel Rateliff has unveiled a Danny Clinch-directed video for his new track, “What A Drag,” the second song he’s shared from his forthcoming solo album, And It’s Still Alright, which is set for release on February 14th.

The acclaimed director and photographer comments, “I was excited to work on this tune the moment I heard its moody cinematic opening. I felt we could make a strange little film that would allow the viewer to make their own interpretation of what the song and video means to them.”

Take a watch below…

When Rateliff began writing for the new album, the songs initially centred on the pain of his unravelling relationship, but the theme of the album took a different direction when Richard Swift, his longtime friend and producer of Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ two acclaimed albums, passed away in July 2018. Across the 10 tracks on And It’s Still Alright, you can feel Rateliff faltering but never losing hope—hope that it’s all part of a bigger plan. While the songs are quieter and more reflective than the exuberant soul The Night Sweats have become famous for, they are no less urgent and indelible, as he pushes the boundaries and finds new depths in his songwriting—a singular voice embarking on a personal exploration of love, loss and perseverance.

To record And It’s Still Alright, Rateliff returned to Swift’s studio, National Freedom, in Cottage Grove, Oregon. He was joined by co-producers Patrick Meese (longtime collaborator and The Night Sweats drummer) and James Barone (Beach House drummer), who both also engineered and mixed the record. The album features additional contributions from Tom Hagerman (DeVotchKa violinist), Luke Mossman (The Night Sweats guitarist), Elijah Thomson (Everest bassist), Daniel Creamer (The Texas Gentlemen keyboardist) and Eric Swanson (steel guitarist).

Nathaniel also returns to the UK for a run of dates in April/May, including a show at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 29th April…

April 22nd – Utrecht, Tivolivredenburg Grote Zaal
23rd – Berlin, Admiralspalast
24th – Gent, Capitole
26th – Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
27th – Manchester, Bridgewater Hall
28th – Birmingham, Symphony Hall
29th – London, Royal Albert Hall
May 1st – Dublin, Olympia
2nd – Cork, Opera House
4th – Bath, Forum
5th – Paris, Alhambra


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