The avant metal genre has really taken off over the last couple of years, and while some projects may suffer from its over-saturation, Nadja's versatility will allow it to escape this fate. Aidan Baker, the project's founder, is an insanely prolific musician under his own name, releasing solo works for such prestigious labels as Germany's Die Stadt as well countless CD and CD-R releases all over the world. Leah Buckareff rounds out the band on bass guitar and backing vocals.
While credit is owed to the likes of pioneering legends Earth and current kingpins Sunn O))) & Boris for defining the genre, Nadja take more inspiration from artists hailing from the dark ambient and electronica fields. Passages on this latest release can be compared to saturated wall-of-ambient-noise perfected by the likes of Tim Hecker and Fennesz or Justin K. Broadrick's Jesu project.
Like earlier release Truth Becomes Death, Touched is ambient music being pushed to its breaking point, yet the overall feel is slightly gentler. Parts of the album feature the use of clean, undistorted vocals--rather unique in the genre--hinting at the sounds of such bands as Codeine, Swans, or Joe Preston's Thrones project.
In a very short time, Nadja has established itself as a band to watch due to its work ethic, prolific output, and live performances. In the past year, Nadja has managed to tour with (or open for) ISIS, Khanate, Tim Hecker, Troum, Fear Falls Burning, Helios Creed, and The End, among others.