Today, Nathaniel Rateliff unveils 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 14 via Stax Records.
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.”
And It’s Still Alright’s lead single and title track was the #1 most added song at Triple A Radio in its first week of release. TIME noted, “…his new solo work takes him in a gentler acoustic direction, which is echoed across his upcoming album. His baritone has a lovely ragged edge, the sort of lived-in voice that seems suited for a campfire and a country lullaby.” In addition, Rolling Stone featured the album on their list of the “Most Anticipated Albums of 2020,” while Rateliff returned to “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” to perform “And It’s Still Alright.”
When Rateliff began writing for the new album, the songs initially centered on the pain of his unraveling 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 Rateliff plays the following UK dates. Tickets are on sale now HERE
Sat 26th Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
Mon 27th Manchester, Bridgewater Hall
Tue 28th Birmingham, Symphony Hall
Wed 29th London, Royal Albert Hall