What does it sound like?:
Michael Nau sounds as though he created Some Twist by himself in his back room wearing a tank top and flares. It is pleasingly unpolished and its style has me reaching for my seventies phrase book. However, looks can be deceiving. Nau is assisted by a group of musicians, the nostalgic feel is quite deliberate and the bright, breezy melodies and soft-focus production belie an undercurrent of frustration and disappointment. It’s so bad, it’s bitch-in.
The opener, Good Thing, has a smile on its face but sorrow in its heart. I Root could have been written by Chrissie McVie. Is that Elton John’s piano on Wonder? The Load, with its step change half way through and its horns would have fit beautifully on Nilsson Schmilsson. Oddly, the song with the most seventies title, How You’re So For Real, sounds least like the music of that decade.
There are lovely textures on these songs rubbing against the lazy, hazy, chillaxin’ vibe. Nau is in a world of his own, unhurried and gentle. The drummer has little to do with regard to rhythm, so he concentrates on musicality and punctuation. Nau’s vocals glow with warmth and reverb, although it is distorted on Scatter and Twelve is an instrumental. The piano subtly changes tone, even within one song. It’s an all-encompassing, cozy blanket of an album. It takes great skill to sound this laid back and groovy.
Some Twist’s most obvious attraction is the quality of the songs, plenty of tunes and neat turns of phrase, but its the small details that endure. Some Twist is an album that draws the listener in and imposes its own mood. It’s all gravy.
What does it all *mean*?
This is Michael Nau’s second album in less than 12 months. The man’s on a roll.
Goes well with…
Some Twist is like an old friend popping round when you planned to mow the lawn. Instead, you spend the afternoon drinking beer, catching some rays and dozing in the sunshine.
Might suit people who like…
Music from the seventies.