Michael Nau returns with his new album, Some Twist, out June 16th. Some Twist is the follow up to 2016's Mowing and its announcement comes amidst a flurry of recent activity. Two weeks ago, Nau debuted songs from Some Twist on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic and headlined two sold out shows on back-to-back nights in Los Angeles. He has received extensive BBC radio play and been selected as a "6 Music Recommends" pick. One-off single "Love Survive" cracked the top 50 on Spotify's Global Viral Chart and Elton John has played Nau on his Beats1 show.Suicide Squeeze Records is proud to release Some Twist on LP and CD. The first pressing of the album is available on 1,000 copies of pink vinyl and contains a download code. CD is housed in a digipak.
The music of Michael Nau sounds effortless. For the past eight years, Nau has written songs with his wife Whitney McGraw under the name Cotton Jones. Along with their rotating cast of auxiliary members, Nau and McGraw kept a busy schedule of releasing records, rehearsing, and touring. Along the way, Nau would track song ideas. There was a stockpile of these recordings - little sonic experiments, layering exercises, the occasional fully-formed song - nestled away in the Cotton Jones compound in the tiny Appalachian city of Cumberland, Maryland, waiting to be pulled from the shelf and ushered into the sunlight. So with the help of a few musician friends, Nau sifted through those recordings. Given the sporadic formation of the songs off of Mowing there is a surprising continuity and timbre in mood. Album opener "While You Stand" kicks things off with little more than a delicate acoustic guitar line and a modestly hummed chorus, the song creates the inviting aura of sunlight coming through the kitchen window on an early Saturday morning. Like so many classics in the Cotton Jones canon, songs like "Your Jewel", "So, So Long", and "Unwound" conjure the sounds that linger on lonely stretches of the radio dial, where Cat Stevens, Harry Chapin, and Randy Vanwarmer crackle on with their infinite humble appeal. Elsewhere on Mowing, you can hear Nau's beguiling experiments - the bossa nova cadence of "Smooth Aisles", the woozy chaise lounge instrumental "Mow", the baroque pop of "Winter Beat."