Michael Nau

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Bio

FULL TIME HOBBY is pleased to announce the signing of the Appalachian singer-songwriter Michael Nau, whose debut album ‘Mowing’, will be released on 18th November 2016.

Released in the US earlier this year to critical acclaim, the album will now be made available in the UK & Europe for the first time complete with new artwork, its 12 tracks augmented by a brand new single, ‘Love Survive’. The sumptuous, Lee Hazlewood-esque ‘Love Survive’ features backing-vocals from Michael’s wife and bandmate Whitney McGraw and is premiering now via The Line Of Best Fit, HERE.

Michael said of the track:

“I had the chords and the piano riff. It was slow but the band made it move. We moved through a lot of songs in a short time, that day. I think it comes from a place of love… of gratitude – a brief pick-me-up.”

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. Elsewhere on ‘Mowing’, you can hear Nau’s beguiling experiments—the bossa nova cadence of “Smooth Aisles”, the woozy chaise lounge instrumental “Mow”, the baroque pop of “Winter Beat.”

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Selected press

“His masterful instinct for arrangement, along with his reedy voice, earns Nau a place in the rock’n’roll underdogs’ Hall of Fame” – Pitchfork

‘Mowing’ seems to be hanging in the clouds above time, just out of reach but ever so calmingly familiar.” – The Fader

Dates

Date City Venue Country
29/03/17 Manchester (UK) Night & Day Cafe United Kingdom
w/ Haley Bonar Sold Out
31/03/17 Manchester (UK) Band On The Wall United Kingdom
w/ Jens Lekman Sold Out
01/04/17 Liverpool Central Library United Kingdom
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03/04/17 Newcastle (UK) The Cluny United Kingdom
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04/04/17 Norwich (UK) Norwich Arts Centre United Kingdom
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05/04/17 Bristol Thekla United Kingdom
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06/04/17 London The Dome United Kingdom
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