ISRAEL NASH’S SILVER SEASON (2015)


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

 

 

ISRAEL NASH’S RAIN PLANS (2013/2014)


“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

ISRAEL NASH’S SILVER SEASON (2015)

ISRAEL NASH’S RAIN PLANS (2013/14)

Cosmos-wrangling Americana upstart Israel Nash returns from Texas Hill Country with his Silver Season, a deeply gorgeous and wholly immersive nine-song set that plays less like an album, and more like a cross section of time and space. The man’s fourth LP ventures farther down the acid-soaked trail blazed by 2013’s Rain Plans, arriving in lush and expansive territory. Here, this Missouri son sounds more assured than ever, supported by his highly capable band and production inspired by psychedelic greats. Israel Nash’s Silver Seasonis best played loudly, and sounds wonderful in headphones.

Like the record before it, this one was made on Nash’s 15-acre swath of land in Dripping Springs, Texas, with one key difference. WhileRain Plans was recorded inside of the new home he shared with his then-pregnant wife, Silver Season was born in the studio Nash built outside and named Plum Creek Sound, a 1,400 square- foot Quonset erected in March. The band was ready to begin in late May when the floods came, filling the building with water and muck. Nash and the boys pushed on anyhow. Digging trenches, hauling sandbags, clearing mud, and plugging in—that’s how they made an album, doing what needed to be done.

The end result isn’t so terrestrial, however. Silver Season billows outward with its opening song, “Willow.” A swirl of keys, bass, pedal steel, acoustic strum, and languid drums envelop the listener as Nash’s cooed poetry recontextualizes the world through his daughter’s eyes. A shimmery Morricone-like passage carries us into “Parlour Song,” which sounds a little like Neil Young leading Tame Impala. “Sooner or later we’ll surrender our guns/But not until we’ve shot everyone,” Nash sings. And while the line would fit into a celebratory tale about Old West outlaws, it’s actually a modern lament.

From the warm drift and easy elasticity of “Strangers” (one of two cuts that verge on seven minutes) to the holler-along gospel of “The Rag & Bone Man,” Silver Season feels like a living thing. That’s a product of the wild five-man sessions that took place in the sweltering Quonset (with beer breaks, and slingshot target practice using the empties). It’s also due to the care put into taming all of that good noise, with engineer Ted Young (Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth) returning to the mix. The analog hum grounds the guitar wizardry, while the depth of sound ties the band to the pasture that surrounds.

It makes sense that Nash would come into his own out there. He was raised in the Ozarks amidst hills and farmland. Other things add up too. His pastor father and artist mother were very much children of the ’60s. Dad bought him Sgt. Pepper’s when he was 10, Mom handed him an electric guitar at 11, and Nash was writing songs by 12. And while he’s grown away from the religion he was raised under, Nash’s music is nothing if not spiritual. The spirit just comes from a different place—nature, family, song, and the occasional trip into times and spaces we can’t normally access. Hidden within the folds of Silver Season, Nash’s weather-beaten voice says it best: “I don’t live like the others/I see twice as many colors.”

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