Nerina Pallot releases her fast-rising album Fires on April 24 through 14th Floor Records. Originally available on Pallot's own DIY label Idaho in 2005, the album made the iTunes Top 10 and led to the Guardian tipping Pallot as, 'One of the hottest acts of 2006.' The album will be followed by the release of 'Everybody's Gone To War' as a single on May 22. Featured in the Records Of The Year list by The Sunday Times, Fires continues to snowball with sales over 10,000 on little more than word of mouth. The release of Fires coincides with Pallot's first major headline tour, starting at Edinburgh's Liquid Rooms on May 22 and taking in a further nine dates across the UK. Already with a sizable live following, her April date at Londons ICA sold out four months in advance. She recently supported James Blunt across Europe, as well as UK supports with Joseph Arthur, Suzanne Vega, Ray LaMontagne and Sheryl Crow. The tour commences at the Edinburgh's Liquid Rooms on May 22 and includes London's Bloomsbury Theatre on May 26.
Born in London to a half-French father and Indian-born mother, Pallot spent part of her childhood in India before settling in Jersey.
In 2002, she released her debut album in the UK through a major label - an experience that taught her, "many things, but especially that it's never a good idea to make a video in which you fly." Parting company with the mainstream music business, Pallot recorded Fires between LA and her London home before releasing the album on her own label Idaho.
Produced by Howard Willing (Smashing Pumpkins), Wendy Melvoin (Prince & The Revolution) and Eric Rosse (Tori Amos), the record teams Pallot's classical musical training with her love of country, folk and rock music - with influences including Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Carole King and Rufus Wainwright.
The album has all the makings of a good-old fashioned groundswell. The Telegraph wrote, 'A pop-rock gem. Melodically rich and lyrically complex.' The Times put simply, 'A treasure' and Uncut declared Fires, 'marries fiercely intelligent songs to memorable tunes and outrageous pop hooks'.Nerina Pallot