Nathaniel Rateliff Unveils Video for New Track ‘What A Drag’

Pic by Danny Clinch

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. Watch the video HERE.

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.”

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).

And It’s Still Alright is available for pre-order HERE while vinyl and CD packages can be purchased HERE.

Nathaniel Rateliff plays the following UK and EU dates. Tickets are on sale now HERE 

April 2020

Wed 22nd                  Utrecht, Tivolivredenburg Grote Zaal

Thur 23rd                    Berlin, Admiralspalast

Fri 24th                        Gent, Capitole

Sat 26th                      Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall

Mon 27th                   Manchester, Bridgewater Hall

Tue 28th                     Birmingham, Symphony Hall

Wed 29th                   London, Royal Albert Hall

May 2020

Fri 1st                           Dublin, Olympia

Sat 2nd                        Cork, Opera House

Mon 4th                     Bath, Forum

Tue 5th                        Paris, Alhambra

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