By now, Michael Nau has done this quite a few times. As the mastermind behind bands like Page France and Cotton Jones, Nau gained renown for his beautiful, alt-country songs. And on his newest song, Nau doesn’t disappoint.
“On Ice,” the first single from the forthcoming album Michael Nau & The Mighty Thread, shows his penchant for writing enchanting, mesmerizing ballads. The backbone of this song is a simple chord progression played on a Wurlitzer. The drums, shakers, and bass provide a head-bopping groove. In the background, spaced-out guitar chords sparkle and shimmer. It’s a soul formula laced with country western sensibilities.
While the music is soothing and lush, the lyrics are full of existential dread. Nau sings, “I wasn’t dreaming about anything / But I was afraid I might.” The lines slip between examination of the narrator’s own mental state and a desire to save a failed relationship. The repeated question, “what does it matter how we turn on the light,” becomes a plea to save a failed romance as the song continues. ?
The song’s simplicity is its brilliance. Only the best writers can contrast heavy lyrical content with groovy, mid-tempo tunes. “On Ice” is playfully honest, and Michael Nau has proven again to be one of the best songwriters around today.
Pre-Order Michael Nau & The Mighty Thread here, and be sure to catch Nau on tour:??
08.3-5.18 – Happy Valley, OR @ Pickathon
09.16.18 – Leffinge, BE @ Leffingeleuren Festival
09.17.18 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Noord
09.18.18 – Berlin, DE @ Kantine Berghain *
09.19.18 – Copenhagen, DK @ Loppen *
09.20.18 – Hamburg, DE @ Reeperbahn Festival
09.21.18 – Utrecht, NL @ Ekko*
09.24.18 – Bristol, UK @ The Louisiana
09.25.18 – Manchester, UK @ Gullivers
09.26.18 – London, UK @ Hoxton Sq. Bar & Kitchen
09.27.18 – Paris, FR @ Le Pop-Up Du Label*
09.28.18 – Dunkerque, FR @ We Will Folk You Festival
09.29.18 – Masstricht, NL @ Muziekgieterij
09.30.18 – Dormund, DE @ Way Back When Festival
10.09.18 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge#
10.10.18 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge#
10.12.18 – Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern#
10.14.18 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios#
10.16.18 – San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord#
10.18.18 – Costa Mesa, CA @ The Wayfarer#
10.19.18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge#
10.20.18 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah#
11.01.18 – Washington, DC @ DC9
11.02.18 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
11.05.18 – Boston, MA @ Middle East Upstairs
11.06.18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Zone One at Elsewhere
11.08.18 – Goshen, IN @ Ignition Garage
11.09.18 – Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s
* w/Odetta Hartman
# w/ Erin Rae