Nadine Shah has announced her new album Kitchen Sink, alongside unveiling the lead cut "Ladies For Babies (Goats For Love)".
"Ladies For Babies (Goats For Love)" is the first new single from Shah since 2017 album Holiday Destination.
Shah says of her new offering, "My brother was making a comment on sexism when he was younger and made a painting of a man embracing a goat with the phrase "ladies for babies, goats for love". It always stuck with me, I guess cause it sounded daft but really because even back then I knew its true meaning and intent. I was also thinking about a lot of the songs I would have been listening to at the time, songs I sang along to innocently without question of the meaning. "Ladies for Babies" is a direct response to "All That She Wants" by Ace of Base. I reversed the gender and I poke fun at a husband who expects nothing more from me, as a wife, than to carry his child and perform the role of the obeying subservient trophy wife. Only this time the mistress is a farmyard animal. A lot of my album explores subjects of sexism and tradition. It's not all about beastiality, I promise."
Expanding on the album's central themes, Shah says, "It’s a conversation between me and so many of my friends in our 30's. There’s that panic that so many of us have that we are running out of time, when it comes to having children. It’s like when we were younger we all made our own timelines in our minds of when we thought we would do certain things. If you were to tell 14 year old me I’d be 34, unmarried and have no children I’d have never believed it. Lots of my friends I’ve spoken to did this very same thing."
She adds, "For the album I spoke to so many women. Women who want to have children and can’t physically, women who can physically but choose not to, all different scenarios. My good friend, a woman in her late 50’s chose not to have children and continues to be one of my favourite musicians and most youthful vibrant person I know. Her story is in this album too. Essentially I’m writing about so many women that I just love. The new mothers, the rock stars, the ones doubting themselves who need our support, the ones who are ill but show an indescribable strength."