Playlist 2016: Winter Beat – Michael Nau

Well isn’t this a nice assortment of jiggly noises.

I’m trying not to lean too hard on referencing other things in these posts, but Pitchfork’s review of Michael Nau’s Mowing describes the album as “a collection of messy indie-rock demos that [Nau] fleshes out into surprising songs” and that works, so why not throw it out there.

It also feels like a particularly apt description of Winter Beat, which sounds like someone accidentally coming up with a great tune while goofing around with various distorted and detuned guitar pedal settings.

Except there’s nothing accidental about it. It’s very good and definitely on purpose. (Mowing is worth a listen too.)

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