Holes In The Valley





Supergroups typically do nothing for me. Too many end up with an album full of poorly written songs recorded half-assed and in a hurry. Recorded for a quick buck, too many of these albums leave me irritated with the whole concept of a supergroup. Fortunatley, Nations By The River did not fall into this category. Formed by Edo and Nadav Kahn of Gelbison, Luke Steele of The Sleepy Jackson and Ohad Rein of Old Man River, together have made a collection of well-crafted songs that live somewhere between indie pop and country. A band needs a good story as an excuse to create such a supergroup, and luckily for Nations By The River, they do. It was a pretty spontaneous event after a Sleepy Jackson / Gelbison show in Newcastle, when the keys to their van were misplaced. Once the focus of the evening shifted from an attempt to leave the parking lot to the consumption of liquor, guitars came out and the first songs for the album were born. Their debut album, Holes In The Valley, is finally getting its US release on Astralwerks. "Boy" is the perfect summer night tune, pieced together with jangley guitars, light drums & percussion, including little bursts of swirling keyboards to add some texture. It ends up as a sing-along in the vein of Badly Drawn Boy, which will easily get stuck in your head until some whiskey can drown it out. "Heart Attack Romance" is a simple acoustic tune, with the structure and vocals reminiscent of Bob Dylan. The album hits its stride with a one-two punch from "These Are The Times" and "Lovers". Take this record outside once the sun starts going down, plop down in a lawn chair, sip on a beer and enjoy the twangy goodness that is Nations By The River.

Nations By The River
Astralwerks

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