Israel Nash: Israel Nash’s Silver Season

Ravishing country-psych from Texas.

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Nash’s last album, 2013’s Rain Plans, was the result of a change in scenery, the singer-songwriter having swapped New York City bustle for the wide open spaces of the Texan hill country outside Austin.

Dispensing with his conventional roots stylings, the music now described a suitably grand vista that wed scudding psychedelia to the prime years of Laurel Canyon and the kind of folk-leaning acts that made up Island Records’ roster in the 60s.

This follow-up is, if anything, even more exquisite. Backed by a four-piece band that includes Midlake guitarist Joey McClellan, Nash settles into a languid, hallucinatory groove that recalls mid-70s Neil Young and the more recent mystic wanderings of My Morning Jacket.

The warm headwind of LA Lately feels like something from CSNY’s Déjà Vu; the gorgeous Strangers is ringing country-rock with celestial overtones and dreamy steel. Cosmic Americana of the very highest order.

Rob Hughes

Freelance writer for Classic Rock since 2008, and sister title Prog since its inception in 2009. Regular contributor to Uncut magazine for over 20 years. Other clients include Word magazine, Record Collector, The Guardian, Sunday Times, The Telegraph and When Saturday Comes. Alongside Marc Riley, co-presenter of long-running A-Z Of David Bowie podcast. Also appears twice a week on Riley’s BBC6 radio show, rifling through old copies of the NME and Melody Maker in the Parallel Universe slot. Designed Aston Villa’s kit during a previous life as a sportswear designer. Geezer Butler told him he loved the all-black away strip.