Michael Nau

Michael Nau on The Load EP:

“These songs come from the same pool as the songs from Some Twist. For whatever reason, they felt like outliers at the time, and weren’t included in the mixing sessions. You can hear some pieces…a few lines here and there that worked their way into that record in a different form. I see this as an extension of those songs, and that process. It’s not easy to separate myself from that process – the time and place spent recording these things – I’ve stopped trying to hear it any other way.

For the most part, this is a band playing together in a room… well, a different band, in different rooms, at various points in the trip. It brings me a great deal of joy to be a part of those moments and I walk away feeling energized and wonderfully confused – I’ve learned to let that period linger best I can, before it passes. I hope that same joy is what carries on with these songs. I’ve been making records for a good while and still feel at a beginning – and that finally feels like a good place to be.”

About the recording of The Load EP according to Michael Nau:

“The Load” and “Sure It Can” were recorded in the same afternoon at Sound Loom in Burlington, VT. Recorded live to Tascam 388 tape machine. Brass for “The Load” was later overdubbed at Sound Loom, & Seth Kauffman recorded the strings for “Sure It Can” at his place. These two songs were a part of the same session that a lot of the songs from Mowing and Some Twist came from. 

“I Root (trio)” was recorded in Burlington, late night in Benny Yurco’s studio, Little Jamaica. The strings were done later at Sound Loom. We did a few songs in this trio arrangement…this is the only one that stuck. I like this version as a sort of standalone, but it didn’t seem to work with the overall vibe of Twist, so we used the full band version for that record. 

“Big Wind, No Sail” and “Diamond Anyway” were recorded in Nashville.  Benny Yurco, Natalie Prass, and I pieced these together one weekend. We’d met for the first time that weekend, through mutual friends, and the first thing we did was “Big Wind.” I was pretty tired of recording music by myself… they made it fun! These recordings are special to me for that reason. We recorded it to the 388 with, I believe, one Sm58 microphone. There were a lot of problems we couldn’t fix… that’s what I like about it. 

“Looking For A Crack” and “Old Door” were recorded in Burlington. These were recorded live in one take. We came together to make a record but, instead, just played songs for a few days. We still occasionally bump into recordings from that week that we forgot we did.

* EP Credits *

The Load

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Drums – Ryan Spellman 

Bass – Scott McMicken

Electric Guitar – Benny Yurco

Keys – Will Brown

Brass – Bryan Macnamara, Luke LaPlant

Acoustic Guitar, Vocals – Michael Nau

Engineered by Oliver Gebhardt & Band

Mixed by Graeme Gibson

I Root (trio)

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bass – Robinson Morse

keys – Will Brown

strings – Caleb Elder, Nelson Caldwell 

guitar, vocals – Michael Nau

engineered by Benny Yurco

Sure It Can 

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Drums – Ryan Spellman

Bass – Benny Yurco

Guitar – Scott McMicken

Strings – Seth Kauffman

Piano – Will Brown

Vocals – Whitney McGraw

Vocals – Michael Nau

Engineered by Oliver Gebhardt & Band

Mixed by Graeme Gibson

Big Wind No Sail

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Drums – Dan Burns

Bass, Slide Guitar – Benny Yurco

Piano – Will Brown 

Vocals – Natalie Prass

Guitar, Vocals – Michael Nau

Engineered by Benny Yurco

Mixed by Graeme Gibson

Diamond Anyway

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Drums – Dan Burns

Bass – Benny Yurco

Optigan, Vocals – Natalie Prass

Strings – Seth Kauffman

Guitar, Vocals – Michael Nau

Engineered by Benny Yurco

Mixed by Graeme Gibson

Looking For a Crack

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Drums – Ezra Oklan

Bass – John Rogone

Guitar – Benny Yurco

Synth – Will Brown

Piano, Vibes, Noises – Michael Nau

Engineer – Benny Yurco and Sam Johnson

Mixed by Graeme Gibson

Old Door

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Drums – Ezra Oklan

Bass – John Rogone

Pedal Steel – Brett Lanier

Casiotone – Benny Yurco

Guitar, Noises, Vocals – Michael Nau

Engineer – Benny Yurco and Sam Johnson

Mixed by Graeme Gibson

Mix and Master by Graeme Gibson

Engineers – Benny Yurco, Oliver Gebhardt, and Sam Johnson

Cover Image by Bryan Richard Martin

Watercolor by Bird


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IMAGES: To download, click above. Photo credit to Ty Johnson.

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SINGLES:
“I Root” off Some Twist
“Smooth Aisles” off Mowing

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