On Lifted, Texan hippie, Israel Nash has created a work of American roots music that’s been infiltrated by his psychedelic rock and spiritual leanings. To add extra texture to the album he’s also incorporated field recordings and found sounds from Texan ranch. Features guest performances from Grupo Fantasma and Kasey Wilson and Sadie Wolf of Wild Child. LP and CD on Desert Folklore Music.
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Hey pal, have you ever daydreamed the following monologue: “Gee, I really like Neil Young, and I also very much enjoy those Bon Iver records… I wish there was some way I could experience an approximation of both of their voices at the same time”. If so, I have a record for you, and it’s by Israel Nash, and it’s this one: ‘Lifted’, a record of sweet, harmony-laced Americana peppered with electro-pop glitz. I just gave you so much info about this record; you’re very welcome.
In a touching ode to his cozy Texan ranch, Nash has crafted a record that rivals the greatest slices of idyllic homebodying. Filling the corners of his already busy record with field recordings made at the ranch, he puts you in the pocket of his home, giving you a feel for a chill zone that’s full of all the comforts you could ask for. Guitar twang mingles with arpeggiating synth notes and keyboard horns; chords melt into a lovely mush, and all the friends Nash could ask for sing for him on back up. It’s sugarcoated and unabashed, and it’s so swarmed with arrangements that you barely hear the half of it.
As an old-school kinda kid with a few new instruments, I find Nash’s best moments to be the most simple and traditional. I live for “Sweet Springs”, a lovely piano-driven ditty with the kind of countrified swagger of Okkervil River, filled with brushstrokes of wonky guitar and cooing harmonies. When you can hear Nash really nailing a melody and bigging up a chorus, ‘Lifted’ is the one. Sometimes you just have to do a little digging.
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