Nick Waterhouse’s music sounds like it was recorded with a single microphone in 1960 at a beach house party just as the police are about to arrive. Saxophones squawking, guitar solos ever so slightly working toward rock and roll from the R&B beat; even the drummer is having a hard time staying with the R&B standard. Waterhouse’s pleasingly wrecked guitar playing is matched by singing that teeters out of control every so often, like he’s trying to get this gig done without losing his guitar when the mayhem starts. Only the female backing vocalists maintain their cool, as if teasing the overheated party that is about to get busted.
Waterhouse is in his mid-twenties was not even born by a long shot, when this sound hit the AM radio airwaves. But unlike the period-piece posturing of some of his retro-soul peers, Waterhouse isn’t interested in precise replications on his debut, “Time’s All Gone”. I think it all about the surf inspired groove that started to dominate Southern California music scene back in the day. Nick Waterhouse has buckets of cool to spray in your face, when he cuts back to a time and place long forgotten.
“I think I found a girl, I can talk to
I think I just found someone to replace you”
Don’t you forget it – Track # 3
“I’m looking forward to seeing Nick next month and hearing some new tracks off his latest album “Holly”“
Time’s all gone – 2012
“Say I Wanna Know”
“Don’t You Forget It”
“I Can Only Give You Everything”
“(If) You Want Trouble”
“Indian Love Call”
“Is That Clear”
“Teardrop Will Follow You”
“Time’s All Gone Pt. 1”
“Time’s All Gone Pt. 2”
Enjoy The Beat – David
In Today’s Runner James Taylor says one final goodbye to summer, and turns his thoughts to autumns’ changing colors, cool crisp days and migrating memories. “Who knows where the time goes? Carry me on my way…”
1. September Grass
2. October Road
3. On the 4th of July
4. Whenever You’re Ready
5. Belfast to Boston
6. Mean Old Man
7. My Traveling Star
8. Raised Up Family
9. Carry Me on My Way
10. Caroline I See You
11. Baby Buffalo
12. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
There is a reason why Yes is considered the undisputed king of prog rock. Even their lesser known, relatively obscure releases like Tormato and Going for the One are significant, beautifully composed slices of orchestral ear candy with angelic, cascading concertos and hard rocking moments followed by soft, often poignant ballades.
I remember my cousin played and danced to Wondrous Stories at his wedding back in the 90’s. I thought it weird, unique, funny, and very cool all at the same time.