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Nathan Kalish from the album Great Big Motel Bed in the Sky
Nathan Kalish (from the album Great Big Motel Bed in the Sky on JTMMUSIC) (by Lee Zimmerman)
A multi-instrumentalist, producer, engineer, and self-described wandering storyteller, Nathan Kalish comes about his multi-versed ambitions rather naturally. His parents were missionaries, and as a result of their efforts, Nathan spent most of his formative years in various cities throughout Europe and the U.S.A. The wanderlust had a decided effect on him when he phased into adulthood and began playing clubs and honkytonks for a total of more than 200 dates per year.
Nathan Kalish’s latest album, Great Big Motel Bed in the Sky, qualifies as his most accomplished effort yet. With his band The Derechos in tow, he purveys a sound that’s best described as abstract Americana. Both pensive and positive, the melodies are loose and limber, but consistently cohesive as well. The upbeat intro “Rich Man’s World” is an indictment of those that wield money and power, but judging by the tone and tempo, it manages to still come across as upbeat and effusive. “Over My Head”, despite whatever confusion the title implies, remains both engaging and enthused. So too, even when Kalish slows things down to allow for somewhat respite on the beguiling ballad “Past the Everglades”, the uplifting attitude remains intact.
Ultimately Nathan Kalish tends to opt for both reflection and resolve, and the driving “My Love”, the insistent “Ballad of Soules”, and a resilient “Kathleen” make for a series of compelling interludes that allow him to dig deeper in order to explore more elusive emotions. Kalish is a craftsman who never squanders an opportunity to connect with clarity and conviction. “Make Me a Fool” is immersed in introspection but it rings with the same measure of drive and determination. He then caps and concludes the set with the rousing revelry of “Motel Bed,” a song that allows the momentum to remain intact.
Nathan Kalish may not be a familiar name as of now but if Great Big Motel Bed in the Sky is any indication, his recognition factor ought to be elevated sooner rather than later. It’s fair to say it qualifies as a considerable accomplishment. (by Lee Zimmerman)
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