New Music: Michael Nau – ‘Good Thing’

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Michael Nau

New album Some Twist out on June 16th via Suicide Squeeze.

There’s something gently dramatic and cinematic about the latest track from Cumberland, Maryland alternative/indie singer/songwriter Michael Nau.

Beginning at a relaxed and leisurely pace, the song, titled ‘Good Thing’, possesses a certain 70’s quality to its arrangement that means the track is endearingly grand and even regal. The touches of piano and flourishes of brass have long been a quality of Nau’s music and so it comes as no surprise to hear that Elton John played Nau’s stand alone single ‘Love Survive’ on his Beats1 Show.

‘Good Thing’ ventures into territory that My Morning Jacket would no doubt occupy regularly if they decided to discard the echo and fuzz. It’s a romantic approach to song writing that values the old tropes of strong melodies, choruses, and instrumentation above all else. The song is spacious and allowed room to breath so that it unfurls over repeated listens to slowly unveil more and more nuances of the lyrics and music.

Lyrically, the song deftly but directly explores the idea of coming the terms with past mistakes and regrets culminating in the line, “Maybe you just learn to be alive and learn not to regret the pain.” Melancholic for sure, but imbued with a sustaining hope that mirrors the gently rousing nature of the music.

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