ISRAEL NASH

Lifted

Israel Nash’s Silver Season

Israel Nash’s Rain Plans

Texas’ genre-bending rock ‘n’ roller Israel Nash presents his latest long play, Lifted. It is a modern day hippie-spiritual, a tonic for those needing to put aside the mess of the daily grind. With luscious beds of strings, horns and well adorned towering walls of sound, Lifted finds Nash continuing his tradition of creating a sonic experience of feeling that is at once both vast and intimate – soaring and untamed at times, placid and sincerely personal at others.

 

Originally from the Ozarks of Missouri, Israel Nash has made his home in Dripping Springs, Texas for the greater part of a decade. There, on his ranch with sweeping views of the Texas Hill Country, the tall, hirsute mountain man built his own studio; a Quonset hut structure he’s dubbed Plum Creek Sound. The studio became a sanctuary, a creative outlet where Nash reached a meditative state of escapism, which ultimately became the inspiration behind Lifted. The creative process of writing, recording and producing Lifted allowed Nash to leave his own downhearted feelings about the political landscape of the recent elections and the deeper queries of purpose and life that supersede the material world. Nash wrote and recorded Lifted with the intention of achieving a sonic experience that will elevate the listener – that the feeling of peace, love and happiness which saturates the words and music can provide the same escape he achieved while creating the LP.

 

Being able to finally use Plum Creek Sound to its utmost, Nash incorporated found sounds and field recordings from his Texas ranch to create a setting of the sounds that represent his Hill Country life. Drums played in rain collection tanks, water rushing against the limestone, frogs and crickets in their habitats, and even a curious, yet guarded rattlesnake, all appear throughout the record. Inspired by methods pioneered by John Cage, Nash also randomised sounds and music and rearranged them according to the I Ching (The Book of Changes). Utilising these recording and tracking techniques help create a sonic and very present picture of Nash’s home and his life. Accompanied by his longtime band, with arrangements by Jesse Chandler (Mercury Rev, Midlake), horns by members of Austin’s cumbia/funk compadre’s Grupo Fantasma, and strings from Kelsey Wilson and Sadie Wolf of indie pop’s Wild Child, Nash, alongside co- producer and engineer Ted Young (Kurt Vile, The Rolling Stones), presents an album that soars as a masterwork of American roots songs, meticulously crafted and gently sprinkled with life meaning and multi-hued rock and psychedelia.

 

“It’s all about finding, searching for little sparks of inspiration. It may be a sound, a groove, a colour, or even an object. Old things are inspiring. Whatever it is, when you find it, it spreads like a conflagration that is out of your control. It doesn’t matter if you’re making a record or living your life, find these inspirations with a vigil eye and watch them change both you and your world.”

 

Lifted opens with an extended instrumental introduction, preparing the listener to get comfortable and settle in for the journey ahead, before blossoming into “Rolling On.” It’s a manifesto, a hearty breath of rock goodness, clean air for all that follows. A sing-along anthem of urgency, encouraging one to let go of yesterday and spring from the traps of worry in order to move onward and upward – rolling on, right here and right now. “It was a simple message to myself, to not get stuck in thinking and the past. It’s too easy for us to worry about pretty much everything. I had been down and low for a bit and really had to sing and write those feelings away, give them to the moment and find a better self in the end.”

 

What follows is an Americana-bred opus without equal. From the familial harmonies of “Sweet Springs,” recalling the Beach Boys at their most joyous (almost all performed by Nash himself), to the country rock riffage of “Lucky Ones” and “SpiritFalls” conjuring up that much needed healing, to the album ending “Golden Fleeces,” a sunshine laden song offering up sweet relief from those troubles and tying the preceding up with a sense of lightness and much needed joy.”

 

By immersing oneself in Lifted, one can see Nash succeeds in way that’s exquisite yet spiritually satisfying. Nash welcomes you to join him on his uplifting path – one he’s taken throughout his career, now continuing on higher, imaginative plane.”

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LIFTED (2018)

“‘Hippie Spiritual’ LP is a thing of wonder… Who can get enough of music as good as this?”
9/10
UNCUT

“A huge slab of cosmic country prog…”
★★★★
Q

“Once again Israel Nash manages to create a manifest of confidence, which is one of a kind”  9/10

CLASSIC ROCK DE.

“With “A Day in the Life”-type harmonies, Israel Nash’s new song “Rolling On” is the perfect headphones listen. The Texas singer-songwriter, who mixes folk, rock and psychedelia on his upcoming album Lifted, is proving a master of sonic textures, experimenting tirelessly at his home studio in Dripping Springs, Texas. On “Rolling On,” he finds his inner guru, extolling the virtues of keeping your head in the clouds while still persistently marching forward.”
ROLLING STONE COUNTRY

“gets as close to heaven as music can take you… a perfect fusion of Americana, psychedelia and vocal harmonies – mostly recorded by Nash with himself – and poetic lyrics inspired by nature”
LOUDER THAN WAR

““Nash pulls his listener into an intriguing extraterrestrial universe…. what he does, he does great. Outstanding even… With Lifted Nash shines in all its glory.”
OOR

ISRAEL NASH'S SILVER SEASON (2015)

  • CLASSIC ROCK GERMANY – TOP 50 RECORDS OF 2015
  • #14 – JOHN MULVEY (EDITOR, UNCUT MAGAZINE) – THE BEST ALBUMS OF 2015
  • #54 – UNCUT MAGAZINE – THE BEST ALBUMS OF 2015
  • #8 – GOD IS IN THE TV – TOP 20 ALBUMS OF 2015
  • NPR – FAVORITE ROCK SONGS OF 2015 – LA Lately
  • ALTCOUNTRY.NL TOP 15 ALBUMS 2015 – #13
  • BEAT SURRENDER BEST OF 2015 – #2

 

“an unambiguously terrific album”
★★★★
UNCUT

“Dense, dusty psychedelic Americana that makes the similarly inclined Tame Impala sound a little lightweight”
★★★★
Q

“Nash settles into a languid, hallucinatory groove that recalls mid-1970s Neil Young and the more recent mystic wanderings of My Morning Jacket …Cosmic Americana of the very highest order”
★★★★½
CLASSIC ROCK

“the real deal for a new generation”
★★★★½
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

“cosmic poetry, crunching guitars and swooning pedal steel”
★★★★
MOJO

“[Israel Nash’s] second album is an absolute killer”
John Mulvey – Editor, UNCUT

“very classy”
★★★★
ROLLING STONE FRANCE

“an amazing singer-songwriter”
NPR / WEXT

“49 minutes are almost too short for music that has the epic breath of a fanciful, entwined western.”
ROLLING STONE GERMANY

“Luxuriant Americana”
★★★★
DAILY MIRROR

“‘Israel Nash’s Silver Season’ is, without exaggeration, an absolute masterpiece.”
★★★★★
GOD IS IN THE TV

“The hugely impressive widescreen vibes of Israel Nash’s Silver Season are a revelation”
★★★★
THE LINE OF BEST FIT

“intriguing, wild and ambitious”
MAGIC, FRANCE

“superb”
★★★★
ROCK & FOLK, FRANCE

“an even more tremendous effort than its stellar predecessor… A lush, hazy set of stratospheric songs, warm vocal harmonies, organic vibes and swelling guitar wizardry, Silver Season stands easily among this year’s finest albums”
TIDAL

“Last year Sturgill Simpson combined psychedelia and country music to great success. Israel Nash takes that idea to a tangential place, with results equally successful yet more likely attuned to those who reject anything with a twang.”
AUSTIN CHRONICLE

“Israel Nash’s Silver Season breathes a sense of freedom that can hardly be put into words but fits perfectly well into his art.”
CLASSIC ROCK GERMANY

“On tracks like “The Fire & The Flood,” Nash lets his voice dip into its natural register, revealing an artist with his own vision. Lap-steel sunbursts abound, but they’re stretched to psychedelic ends and plunged into multi-instrumental jams that resemble Phosphorescent.”
NO DEPRESSION

“His unique way of approaching Americana, country, psychedelia, and folk speaks for itself, particularly on the new single “Strangers”—an ambitious and immersive rock epic that runs almost seven minutes in length (and stands strong the whole way through—have no doubt about that).”
FLOOD MAGAZINE

“…work of heart-swelling beauty”
KEXP

Big skies, campfire wig-outs and CSNY harmonies all appear on another album from the man who’s absorbed absolutely every good thing about the past 40 years of North American music
MONOCLE

★★★★
MUSIKKMAGSINET / KLASSEKAMPEN, NORWAY

★★★★
ROCKAWA

★★★★
PLATENDRAAIER

“Nash deftly mixes Americana, outlaw country and psychedelic rock”
THE CURRENT

“A wonderfully free-spirited record with a melancholic undertone and catchy melodies, deeply rooted in tradition without sounding outmoded at all. This is how it should move on for the bearer of hope in Americana music.”
PIRANHA

“Nash’s new album Silver Season, represents an ambitious evolution in his mix of Americana, psychedelia and cosmic country-rock. If his last album, Rain Plans, was a refreshing spring shower, Silver Season unleashes a flood of expansive rock.”
WXPN

“one of those records you can truly immerse yourself in – Nash has created a gem of a record that deserves to be cherished.”
★★★★
AMERICANA UK

“superb”
★★★★½
PETERBOROUGH TELEGRAPH

“There is more texture, space and experimentation in just any one of the songs on ‘Silver Season’ than most bands could ever hope to realise over a whole career in music….the best album of his career so far….The sound these five guys make as a unit is incredible and far too rare.”
PENNYBLACK MUSIC

“The follow up to his acclaimed 2013 release Rain Plains, Silver Season is at once expansive and cinematic, yet intimate and introspective – a gorgeous project that reflects the group’s maturation and cohesiveness.”
BEST NEW BANDS

“[LA Lately] is just shy of seven stunning minutes; kicking off with a doom laden intro before evolving into one of the finest examples of harmony filled, rolling, psych infused Americana that you’re going to hear this side of Christmas.”
MAD MACKEREL

“He returns again with Israel Nash’s Silver Season… transporting the listener through space and time using his experience around the country as inspiration.”
KCSN

“Israel Nash has a way of making music into movies. His songs are staged with luxurious swashes of sound, his vocals slowing unfolding stories steeped in daily life mysticism giving the simple steps we take a greater importance.”
THE ALTERNATE ROOT

“a collection of songs from the heart, propelled by haunting harmonica, gripping pedal steel and Nash’s silky voice.”
DALLAS MORNING NEWS

“Unbelievable. Gripka can not stop making brilliant music… A runaway hit and he becomes one of the greats.”
AFTONBLADET, SWEDEN

★★★★
DAGENS NYHETER, SWEDEN

“The subtle funk of this type of classic American-folk rock is notoriously difficult to master… this band not only masters the genre, but bends it to their collective will. And Nash has the confidence, where the material requires it, to add prog and psychedelic trimmings.”
★★★★
KEMPTATION

“An amazingly beautiful sound”
NWT.SE, SWEDEN

“Stands in a class of its own”
ROOTSY, SWEDEN

“Simply perfect”
ADDICT-CULTURE, FRANCE

★★★★
ALTCOUNTRY.NL

★★★★
MUSICA NUEVA, SPAIN

“A tremendous record”
THE ROCK CLUB

★★★★
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“Israel Nash is the real deal – he rocks with a band, but this duo setting was exquisite.”
AMERICANA UK

“an outstanding performance from one of the most innovative Country artists operating at the moment” ★★★★★
MUSIC-NEWS

ISRAEL NASH'S RAIN PLANS (2013)

“A neo-psychedelic monument, the most phenomenal Americana record of the year…”

★★★★½

ROLLING STONE GERMANY

 

“a thing of real beauty” ★★★★

UNCUT

 

“Israel Nash surely deserves wider exposure. If ‘Rain Plans’ doesn’t convince you, nothing will”

THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

 

“…a landmark record in both a literal and figurative sense. It’s the third of Gripka’s career thus far, but one whose rapturous beauty easily outstrips anything he’s done before. There are striking echoes of Laurel Canyon-era Nick Drake and a cosmic dusting of Pink Floyd. …a record that suggests the full flowering of a rare talent”

CLASSIC ROCK

 

“In ‘Rain Plans,’ the guitars crackle and burn, the harmonies moan with sadness, and Eric Swanson spins gold with his pedal steel. The song looks both inward and outward — widescreen Americana at its finest.”

NPR

 

“The album is filled with lush, psychedelic soundscapes to compliment Nash’s  reflective songwriting.”

MASHABLE

 

★★★★

THE INDEPENDENT

 

“Gripka has created a Wall of Sounds that could best be described as the CSN&Y album that Neil Young should have produced but never did.”

NO DEPRESSION

 

“This is more spooky, ethereal death-country that evokes ghosts on the prairie and storm clouds on the horizon”

GRANTLAND

 

“There is an easy-rolling, outdoorsy, relaxed feel to the songs here —an airy wide-openness…”

RELIX

 

“A glorious neo-psychedelic masterpiece.”

KEXP

 

“Nash paints a sonic picture using bright strokes of grunge, ‘60s folk-pop and crying pedal steel.”

CMT

 

“compelling.”

PASTE

 

“his third album drips with authenticity and his songs seep into your soul, lingering long after the last notes fad away.”

★★★★½

THE SUN

 

“Israel Nash harks back to another time and makes it his own with noteworthy success.”

AUSTIN CHRONICLE

 

“There is a vivid sense of imagery permeating through Rain Plans. Simple, textured instrumentation compliments songs about traveling through life to find whatever it is you’re looking for.”

GLIDE MAGAZINE

 

Americana at its purest…”   THE ONION / AV CLUB

 

“…likely going to make several year-end lists when all is said and done—both here and abroad.

STEREOSUBVERSION

 

“Rain Plans is nine songs long but every tune washes over you in no worry with wandering guitar solos that are in no hurry find their end.”  HEAR YA

 

“…moody new album Rain Plans falls in the lush, hazy territory between ’70s-heyday Neil Young and Fleet Foxes.”

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

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No.7 – UNCUT Editor’s Top Albums Of 2013

 

No.14 – ROLLING STONE DE. Critic’s Poll 2013

 

GLIDE MAGAZINE – Top 20 Albums 2014

 

No. 20 – UNCUT Top Americana Albums 2013

 

SOUTHERN MANNERS – Favourite Albums 2014

 

No.2 – THE CURRENT, UNITED STATES OF AMERICANA – Top 10 Albums of 2014

LIFTED (2018)

ISRAEL NASH'S SILVER SEASON (2015)

ISRAEL NASH'S RAIN PLANS (2013)

Lifted

Israel Nash - Lifted

Artist: Israel Nash

Title: Lifted

Release date: 27 July 2018

 

Catalogue no.: VJCD241

Formats: Ltd Ed blue heavyweight LP with download / heavyweight LP with download / CD / digital

 

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  1. Rolling On (Intro)
  2. Rolling On
  3. Looking Glass
  4. Lucky Ones
  5. Sweet Springs (Intro)
  6. Sweet Springs
  7. SpiritFalls
  8. Northwest Stars (Out of Tacoma)
  9. Hillsides
  10. The Widow
  11. Strong Was The Night
  12. Golden Fleeces

Rolling On

Israel Nash - Lifted

Artist: Israel Nash

Title: Rolling On

Release date: 23 May 2018

 

Catalogue no.: VJS96

Format: digital

1.  Rolling On