Dutch Singer/Songwriter Nina June Shares Her New EP ‘Side A – Our Garden;’ Listen In Full Here
June 29, 2021 BY Nettwerk
“With lush vocal density, June sings with utter conviction… June breaths truth from her lips into our ears. Wise words from a splendid talent.” – Glide Magazine
Amsterdam-based singer & songwriter Nina June took the first step on her journey when she left the Dutch seaside village of Castricum to pursue music at 17 years old. After years of quietly honing her skills, she made waves filtering restless wanderlust into lithe anthems of awakening. Nina has captivated listeners with a string of successful singles, sold out shows in North America and mainland Europe, and received Amsterdam’s prestigious Zilveren Notekraker—an honour in celebration of “Promising New Talent.” Today, she maintains her momentum with the latest EP Side A – Our Garden (out now on Nettwerk Records). Stream/Buy the whole EP here: https://ninajune.ffm.to/sideaourgarden.
Last year, she traveled to London to work with producer Duncan Mills (Florence + The Machine, The Vaccines, Jake Bugg, James Murphy) for the first time. Together, they struck what she describes as “an immediate chemistry.” After a handful of productive sessions, the global lockdowns commenced. With tour dates canceled, she faced a harsh reality, “I had to go home immediately, or I wouldn’t be able to get back to Amsterdam anymore.” Adapting to the changing circumstances, they conducted sessions both remotely and in-person. The end result is a collection of lush songs that pairs powerful, emotive vocals over dreamy production to beautifully convey the emotion of her storytelling.
Nina recorded a livestream concert with a string quartet, performing the entire EP, including title track “Our Garden.” See above.
On the original recording, “Our Garden” hinges on an organic drumbeat and acoustic strumming towards one final upbeat exhale. Co-written with Marijn van der Meer (or the band HAEVN), Nina says, “love can expand in troubled times. A lot of times, a crisis or trouble is the perfect soil for growth. When we wrote the song, we were all stuck in our homes. I spoke to so many friends who felt lonely. So many bad things got worse. It also worked the other way around. If a relationship was good, it grew. ‘Our Garden’ follows a couple who watches through the window as rain pours into the garden. They’re witnessing the seeds and plants grow.”
To celebrate the release, Nina announces a series of 2021 & 2022 tour dates in The Netherlands, Germany and the UK. See dates below.
17.07.2021 – Amsterdam, NL @ Vondelpark Openluchtheater (w/ Someone)
22.07.2021 – Dresden, DE @ NIB Art Festival
14.08.2021 – Laren, NL @ Mañaña Mañaña
02.12.2021 – Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg
03.12.2021 – Rotterdam, NL @ De Doelen
11.12.2021 – Den Bosch, NL @ Willem Twee – Toonzaal
12.12.2021 – Zwolle, NL @ Hedon
19.01.2022 – Dortmund, DE @ FZW
20.01.2022 – Hamburg, DE @ Nochtwache
21.01.2022 – Berlin, DE @ Kantine Am Berghain
27.01.2022 – London, UK @ The Grace
05.02.2022 – Utrecht, NL @ Tivolivredenburg
1. Rainbow Ashes
2. World on Fire
3. Like an Enemy
4. Our Garden
5. Trust Fall