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Israel Nash

16th June 2022

, 19:30


“Music can be  the  space  where  people think – even just for  a few  minutes,”  says  Israel  Nash. “The space is not about changing their lives or political views or their party ticket. It’s about creating  something  that   prompts  reflection in a  moment – and  those reflections have other chain  reactions.”

Nash  is  sitting  outside  in  sun,  thinking.  It’s  something he does often, looking out over  endless  Texas  hills  that   surround  his  family’s  rural  home. He’s  thought  a  lot  over the  last  several  years  about  music – not  only  how  to   make  it,  but  why.  What  is  the  endgame  for  Nash, a critically  acclaimed  rock-and-roll groovesman, personally?

Nash’s  magnificent  new  album, Topaz,  is  what  happened  when  he  found  his  answers.  Nash  recorded  the   album  over  the  course  of  about  a year  in  the  Quonset  hut  studio  he  built  about  600  feet  from  his  house  in  the   Texas  Hill  Country.  While  musician  friends from  nearby  Austin  contributed  to  the  project, Topaz marks  the  first   album  Nash  has  recorded  mostly  on  his own,  both  taking  his time  and  relishing  his  newfound  access  to   immediacy,  punching  the  red button  moments  after  an  idea  hit.  “It’s  allowed me to capture  sounds and  ideas, to  really  get  stuff  out  of  my head  and  into  the  world so  quickly,”  Nash  says.

The  resulting Topaz is  a  triumphant  rock-and-roll  experiment,  full  of  fat  horns,  gospel  choruses,  swagger, hope and pain.  The  meaty  rock  foundation  with  touches  of  psychedelia  and  skylark  folk  that  fans  have  come to  love  are  still  here,  now  with  a  soulful  heft  that  nods  to Muscle  Shoals  and  Memphis. Political and  personal, Topaz  is  moody and vast,  cohesive  and  compelling.”