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Album Review: Nathan Ball – Acoustic
Kylie McCormick claims that Nathan Ball just keeps getting better, with his recent EP being his best release to date
Well folks, he’s gone and done it again. Musical master Nathan Ball creates hauntingly beautiful, yet often simultaneously cheery tunes, a mixture of beachy vibes and singer songwriter exploration. Fans cannot get enough of Nathan’s tunes, and for obvious reasons. His songs are painted perfection, a balance that is so masterfully crafted one cannot help but be entertained and engaged. With the new EP, Acoustic, Nathan Ball seems to stop time with his sonic perfection, beckoning the listener into another reality.
The acoustic version of ‘Waste of Time’ paints a bleak yet inviting world, creating through its sonic perfection a void in reality. The sonic structure is simple and deep, reverberating in your chest and mind, inviting you to enter into its lair. The ability to create this other world through the sonic structure matches the restless and perhaps melancholy moments present in the lyrics. In the narrative, Nathan asks if ‘it is all a waste of time’ as he drives through the night, an existential crisis that many have faced but few have been able to describe in such elegant terms. The song is deep and dark, revelling in the murky questions of life, but it is not depressing. Rather it is a somber reflection on the greater search for meaning and purpose.
“‘Crazy’, under Nathan’s tutelage, becomes an explorative dive into the cryptic notion of identity and artistry, painting this rich tapestry of artistic demise into madness
I must admit that ‘Crazy’ is one of my ultimate favourite songs, the sarcastic, blunt, sonic explosion paired with the playful, rhythmic lyrics pair the genius rock sensibility with this slight on pop culture that I cannot get enough of. So to say I was hesitant to listen to Nathan’s version of ‘Crazy’ is an understatement, as I am usually met with a disappointing jumble of sound when listening to covers. Nathan’s version, however, is nothing short of brilliant and easily my favourite rendition of the song. Nathan flips the sharp edge of the song, portraying the more introspective and artistic sadness in the song. ‘Crazy’, under Nathan’s tutelage, becomes an explorative dive into the cryptic notion of identity and artistry, painting this rich tapestry of artistic demise into madness. The elongated vocals, paired with a bleak, stripped-back piano create an otherworldly space, an uneasy void that transports listeners into another dimension.
“Without the electronic manipulation of the original, ‘Drifting’ is defined by its open spaces; the piano notes seemingly separated by an invisible barrier, Nathan’s vocals hovering through the space, a poignant ending to the EP
Nathan’s acoustic cover of ‘Right Place’ is a simple take on the fan favourite. With muted instrumentals and a more monosyllabic sound, Nathan takes a musically transforming song and gives it a mellow tone suitable for the Acoustic EP. Like a slow breath, the meditative nature of the song brings comfort in its familiarity while still maintaining the haunting beauty that permeates the EP. Symphonic yet simple, Nathan presents in the acoustic ‘Drifting’ a juxtaposition of sound that creates an eloquently beautiful ethos. Without the electronic manipulation of the original, the acoustic version is defined by its open spaces; the piano notes seemingly separated by an invisible barrier, Nathan’s vocals hovering through the space. It is a poignant ending to the magical EP.
Acoustic is another work of majestic sound, a balanced work that further enhances the beauty of Nathan’s musical library. Each moment of sound is connoted around a moment of silence, a break from the thudding noise of today. the EP offers a breath of fresh air, a shining dystopian interface that is both overwhelmingly pleasing and haunting. You can listen to Acoustic here.