Described by John Peel as 'astonishing', Nina Nastasia's debut album, 'Dogs' (Socialist Records), was released in 1999 to little recognition. By the time Peel had started playing its haunting, intimate compositions in heavy rotation on his show (he'd been sent a copy by Steve Albini, Nastasia's engineer), 'Dogs' was already out of print. It was followed by 'Blackened Air' (2002) and 'Run to Ruin' (2003), both on Touch and Go, who also re-released 'Dogs' in 2004. Accompanied by her band (instruments played include cello, bowed saw and voila), Nastasia creates ghostly, subdued music, with a nod towards country and American folk. Nastasia played four sessions at the BBC studios, and twice at Peel Acres.
"The last thing we did with Nina was at Peel Acres, and on this occasion Nina brought a couple of Tuvan throat singers with her to perform on the session. John thought this was a good time to do his fox impression live on air (which, if you knew John, was something he loved to do at any given moment) to try to impress the Tuvan singers, presumably because he thought they sounded like a fox."
- Andy Rogers