Vision: Michael Nau, Love Survive.
The sumptuous, Lee Hazlewood-esque track (which is released on 26th August) features backing-vocals from Michael’s wife and bandmate Whitney McGraw and is taken from the Appalachian singer-songwriter’s debut album Mowing, which will be released on 18th November 2016 via Full Time Hobby.
The accompanying animated video was created by Robert Wallace who said the following:
“Love Survive is a light-hearted summery track, filled with personality and quirks. The video captures this mood, jumping between animated loops that move in time with the music. Set on a fictional island, the video explores the different aspects of nature there.
Instead of a story-based narrative, the video expresses the feeling of the song, its rhythms and moods. To capture the organic sound, all of the animations were kept loose. The process used a mixture of real and digital brushes as well as hand painted texture loops to give the whole thing a handcrafted aesthetic.”
Michael Nau will be touring the UK for the first time this November as a special guest to Okkervil River, with a London date at Islington Assembly Hall on November 10th. Full UK live dates are as follows:
10th UK London, Islington Assembly Hall*
11th UK Bristol, Thekla*
12th UK Manchester, Gorilla*
13th UK Glasgow, Stereo*
Summoning the bygone sounds of AM radio – golden oldies, antiquated Nashville country, ‘70s chamber pop and dusty folk songs – ‘Mowing’ was written whilst on the road, with tracks penned from Burlington, Vermont to Connecticut, to a back porch in Nashville, and others back in the tiny Appalachian city of Cumberland, Maryland, USA, which Michael Nau currently calls home.
With little more than a delicate acoustic guitar line and a modestly hummed chorus, album opener While You Stand creates the inviting aura of sunlight coming through the kitchen window on an early Saturday morning. Your Jewel, So, So Long, and Unwound conjure the sounds that linger on lonely stretches of the radio dial, where Cat Stevens, Harry Chapin, and Randy Vanwarmer crackle on with their infinite humble appeal.