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Michael Nau

Thursday 21st September 2017

Bella Spinks

At The Greys

Doors 7:30 pm

Price £10 + booking fee / £14

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With his successful debut album out last year on Full Time Hobby ‘Mowing’, Maryland-based singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Michael Nau already returns with his second offering, Some Twist. A new collection of twelve songs represents some of his most sharp and moving work to date, he crafts an enticing mix of psychedelic and folk-influenced indie-pop.

While last year’s Mowing and its standout single ‘Love Survive’ can be viewed as commercial and critical successes for Nau, it was the act of putting the album out to begin with that was perhaps the biggest victory. After veering away from two different outfits he had fronted in the mid-to-late aughts (Page France and Cotton Jones) Nau had spent an a good deal of time overthinking his next move to a semi-paralyzing degree.

Upon the urging of others around him, Nau did eventually put Mowing together and saw fans and the critical community alike respond in 2016. Shortly thereafter, the uplifting single ‘Love Survive’ caught the attention of various BBC Radio DJs & programmers leading to an extended run of airplay that has spread to a brand new audience throughout Europe.

But Nau is resisting the urge to fall into the same habit of tinkering for too long again. Some Twist was recorded just after Mowing saw its release in Europe, wrapping it up in early January 2017. February saw Michael debut some of the new material live on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic. The album’s first single ‘Good Thing’, recently released,  is a driving flurry of introspection laid within a piano and fuzz arrangement.

Some Twist out via Full Time Hobby, splits its time between feeling both energized and unhurried, while featuring the same penetrating songwriting that has led fans to latch onto Nau since he arrived.

“His masterful instinct for arrangement, along with his reedy voice, earns Nau a place in the rock’n’roll underdogs’ Hall of Fame”. – Pitchfork

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Bella Spinks

Bella Spinks is a 24 year old singer/songwriter from Brighton. She played her first gig at Brighton’s Concorde 2 at only 12 years of age. Fusing her characteristic piano style and inventive vocals she has drawn comparisons to Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, Carole King and Regina Spektor. She has a passion for creating both interesting sounds and words.

Her ‘Debut’ EP produced by Matt Ingram [Laura Marling Lianne La Havas Denai Moore] with string arrangements by Fyfe Dangerfield [Guillemots] was released by Sublime Recordings in 2015.

Her live performances have been described as being intriguing and compelling. To date she has supported Martha Wainwright, Ellie Goulding, The Staves, Rae Morris, Ron Sexsmith, Sea of Bees, Viv Albertine, Laetitia Sadia, Alex Winston, Basia Bulat, The Apache Relay, Foy Vance, Jake Isaac, Robert Ellis, Husky and has played Together The People and Norwich Sound & Vision Festivals and Communion shows in London, Brighton and Leeds.

“Bella has the true instincts of every born poet, lyricist or writer that ever breathed. ” – Tom Robinson 6music

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