Israel Nash plays heartfelt Americana with a slightly woozy aesthetic, like his band Silver Season have been sitting out in the sun a little too long. I almost feel bad mentioning it, as he must get it all the time, but his voice’s similarity to Neil Young is unavoidable. That’s a blessing in this genre though, and Nash makes good on the comparison with strong songcraft.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 15 October 2015The press release notes Israel Nash similarity to Neil Young so you don’t have to. His voice has that high plaintive whine but is softer and less nasal. It sings over a bed of very pleasant alt-country in which steel guitars and acoustic guitarist dance around each other. Opener ‘Willow’ is quite lovely. It’s country-ish but with that slightly edgy modern day production that suggests that young people could get into it. I’m reminded of My Morning Jacket and Magnolia Electric Co. Unlike me, Nash is in no rush. Songs take an age to get going with huge long winded intro’s but once they start they are usually quite pretty. Some of it is a little moribund for me but tracks like ‘LA Lately’ have that laid back West Coast sound down nicely ….you can almost hear the sea and see the blue sky and the endless drug-fuelled days of late 1969. The stacked harmonies are very Crosby Stills and Nash (and Young) but like the recent Promised Land Sound you can hear an amalgamation of all those the Band and Buffalo Springfield records lads like these grew up with. ‘Lavendula’ IS Neil Young shot through with Jonathan Wilson’s big time production values.
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