Israel Nash

Review Date: February 15, 2016
Reviewed By: Carl Warren
Location: The Garage London
The music of Israel Nash is often compared to that of Neil Young, it has a similar huge range but is of it’s time and is his own. Nash arrives in London having toured in the past weeks throughout the capitals of Europe and Scandinavia. The stage seems to be a second home shared by an extremely honed and tuned in band pinned down by the sparkling pedal steel of Eric Swanson. This is a band in the truest sense.
There are rich textures and Crazy Horse type workouts, which bring the current album Silver Season to life. There is lots to like, moments that bring to mind Crosby, Stills and Nash and the wonderful Jonathan Wilson but, Nash makes it all his own.
His words are mostly restricted to song over which the music press have continually showered his cosmic soul with the highest praise. Tonight’s set list is woven around Silver Season and it’s predecessor, Rain Plains.
The band is on fire and extremely loud, the crowd are totally enthralled and immersed in these overwhelming soundscapes. I don’t live like the others. I see twice as many colours.
 Cosmic Americana is alive and well in North London – a just deserve for venturing out on a real cold winter night.

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