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On his new ep The Load, Michael Nau chases his latest album, Some Twist, with another shot. The songs are drawn from the same batch as that full-length, but fully worth their own attention. The title track couples JJ Cale vibes with skronking free jazz; “Sure It Can” drifts into blissful R&B; “Diamond Anyway” finds Nau pairing his voice with Natalie Prass, conjuring up spooky, string-soaked drama.

Today, we’re happy to share a mixtape from Nau, one that showcases his attraction to the relationship between rhythm and melody. “There’s not really a theme to it,” Nau says, “But I’ve realized these are all songs I’ve asked ‘Hey, what’s this’ [about] over the years, [hearing them on] someone else’s playlist.” Tracklist below. The Load is available now on Suicide Squeeze Records.

Some Strange Rain :: Michael Nau/A Mixtape

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The Wailers – It Hurts To Be Alone
Charlotte Dada – Don’t Let Me Down
Lijadu Sisters – Come On Home
Gabby Pahinui – Hi’ilawe
Gal Costa – baby
Margo Guryan – Don’t Go Away
Washington Phillips – Mother’s Last Words To Her Son

3 Responses to “Some Strange Rain :: Michael Nau / A Mixtape”

  1. So satisfying. Thank you!

  2. this is just what i needed

  3. I was not familiar with that historic Hawaiian slack-key song, which is just gorgeous. Thanks.

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