Michael Nau releases his new, full band album Michael Nau and The Mighty Thread through Full Time Hobby. Michael Nau and The Mighty Thread is the follow-up to last year’s critically acclaimed album Some Twist and its extension The Load EP (featuring Natalie Prass). The sprawling new album was recorded in guitarist Benny Yurco’s one-bedroom apartment in downtown Burlington, Vermont. Nau shines when he’s nestled in that medium between melancholy and carefree. He seems to be thinking about the past, present, and future, all at the same time, and his songs move between pain and joy, fires and rivers, faraway stars, icy Saturdays, clouds of smoke, between shelter and flowers in the rain. “And it just keeps going, if it’s done it’s done / Still flow in the flowing, all around the sun,” he sings on Smudge, the record’s finale, which is about love, and memories, and loneliness, and apprehension — “Something coming around some bend / Waiting for something to never end” — all at once. It’s all just part of the waves of life; sometimes you get stuck, or things move slower, and sometimes the pace steps up. And that seems to be the gist of Michael Nau and The Mighty Thread - that there are “different movements” in the self, that constantly figuring yourself out is all part of the journey. “As long as love is the motion,” Nau says, “it might get there.” Wherever ‘there’ is.
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