Recommendations to me – Nathan Xander. Recommendation from me – Nathan Xander
So I get a recommendation – I get a lot of recommendations – but this one was from someone that I trust and someone not looking to “sell” me on anything. I take the recommendation, I listen. I listen some more, and I like. I like a lot. I am a firm believer that music can affect you more at specific times and I think I really needed something that had a bit of grit, some twang and made me think of being more than just an internet cowboy. Nathan Xander is just what I needed.
So I don’t know too much about Nathan (other than he hung out next to my friend at the Joshua Tree, which is why I now know of him). I know that his album “Swiftly, Surely” of which I have become enamored with shows flecks of a young Bob Dylan alongside the modern day Alt Country of a Ryan Adams (if not just from the cracking of his voice in “Almost Never Home”). If you are looking for a candidate to join the forces of today’s Indie-Americana heroes, Nathan Xander should be on your radar, hell he should be in your ears!
Well you get the drift, the 7 tracks on “Swiftly, Surely” are all keepers, with the two below being stand outs for me. The track “Lighthouse” is six and a half minutes of down-tempo indie rock (a la Songs: Ohia era Jason Molina) with “Almost Never Home” being a bit more straight forward Americana. Both tracks emphasize probably his strongest trait; his drawl of a voice. While his delivery may not unique, it is one that you just might need to hear because it could be just what you need at this moment as well.