Certain artists pride themselves on working with as many moods and motifs as their inhibitions will allow them, Nadine Shah is slightly different. Born in a North-eastern English coastal town, Shah might just have a proclivity for writing in the relentlessly sombre manner her brand new EP Aching Bones possesses. Producer Ben Hillier (Horrors, Blur, Depeche Mode) was drafted in for what has become an eagerly anticipated 2012 release.

The piece begins like a Jackson Pollock painting; scattered, abrasive and, above all, aggressive. A distorted pulsating bass line is joined by distant staccato piano and stylistically militant snare rolls. Shah's vocals are as slurred yet charged, and the opening verse talks about a vindictive female character that "watched you wilting," "watched you cry." Riveting opening track 'Aching Bones' has a boorish skeletal texture throughout.

Interestingly enough, Shah's parents are an ever-present source of inspiration in her work. The exotic divergences between her Norwegian Mother and Pakistani Father are thematically mirrored in her work; in perpetuating a bleak limbo, she sounds more conflicted than the perspective she portrays. "I can never tell my mother of my pursuit of you, my heartache would be, heartache for her too." – Dialogue from 'Never Tell Me Mam'.

Instrumentally, the 3-track offering is really interesting. The guitars are spacious and atmospheric, often showing severe diligence at their behest. If you listen to the second track 'Are You With Me', you'll hear the shift in rhythmical emphasis from unrelenting to pirate-ship waltz; such variation should be lauded on what is a small release. Ben Hillier's production enhances Aching Bones' imaginative aesthetic – the guise in which it arrives is timeless and stunning.

I'm not too sure what Shah's unique nuances are yet, they might not even be found on Aching Bones. In terms of her development: this EP is unrefined, interesting and singular, but the emotional depth in her song-writing isn't quite conveyed in a dynamic enough way. Her vocal deliveries are powerful and unkempt, but more adaptation would compliment songs that seem to warrant more varied lead melodies. Either that or an evolution in her prose would intensify your introduction to her world.