There’s something about Nathan Roche‘s slightly laconic vocal delivery that gives his work this effortless, relatable touch.
His final (Yep, mate, last one) album is due out anytime now. It’ll be called Cathedral Made Outta’ Green Cards. The first taste of it ‘Phantom Blues’ weirdly feels like it could go forever (probably perpetuated by the never ending refrain ‘these are the never ending phantom blues’ right at the end of the tune). It instead harks the ‘death’ of Roche, at least in the musical sense we currently know him. Although he’s not necessarily ‘ruling out the possibility of a string of “comeback albums” in his post-rehab mid-forties’ (direct quote from his presser – it’s really something special), wrap your ears around this one and the album when it hits the internet and the shelves of music selling stores.
Thanks for the good, nice, friendly and welcoming times Mr Roche. All the best in your new travels.
A wash of sound and feeling, enough to take you away from that torrential downpour that just hit Sydney.
Nathan Roche is back, with the title track from his second full length Magnetic Memories. As avid readers of this blog will know, Nathan’s band Camperdown & Out provided a bit of a soundtrack to my first year up in Sydney, culminating in their album Couldn’t Be Better reaching #2 in my favourite albums of last year.
Maintaining the nautical vibe, Nathan ups the well produced, fuzzy sound, with his vocals lazy enough to chill you out, but still with enough character to define exactly what it is he’s doing. The album will be out hopefully within the next coupla weeks, or as Nathan himself puts it, it’ll be out ‘depending on when they arrive..’