Michael Nau’s solo album Mowing was a big favourite for me last year. After falling for that record I soon learned that a band I adored during the Myspace-era of the internet, The Broadway Hush, actually consisted of Michael Nau and Whitney McGraw. So I had been enjoying his songwriting a lot longer than I assumed. Between The Broadway Hush and these new solo full-lengths, there are Page France and Cotton Jones as well. So Michael sure has created a huge amount excellent indie pop and folk songs over the years.
The reason for this little blog entry is that he has new solo album Some Twist out on Full Time Hobby (UK/Europe) and Suicide Squeeze (US). It’s again such a delightful and charming album. The man has the ability to create adorable and easy-going pop music. Sometimes it feels like these are just lovely sketches for a wonderful pop album and therefore one could make false assumption that the new album doesn’t offer more than pleasant background music for a lazy sunday afternoon. It does work perfectly as that, but after a few spins all the little bits and pieces got somehow stuck in my heart and I found myself totally hooked into the songs. Nowadays using it just as a comfortable background music is actually rather difficult, because I immediately begin humming the vocal melodies and start walking around the apartment making silly little dance steps on the side. Such a lovely record. Here are a couple of personal favourites, I Root and Oh, You Wanna Bet from the new Michael Nau album Some Twist.