Like most artists, Nathan Storey started small. After taking guitar and voice lessons as a teenager, Storey immersed himself in a variety of music genres from the alternative pop of Coldplay and Radiohead to the heartfelt folk tunes of Simon & Garfunkel and Peter, Paul & Mary from his parents’ record collection.
During the last few years, Nathan Storey has managed to stay productive in the music business. When not playing gigs at coffee shops or big events like the Hopscotch and Sparkcon festivals in his home state of North Carolina, Storey has been collaborating with folk groups such as Bella Vita who put out an EP in 2010 that Storey wrote and recorded with them.
2015 has been a good year for Storey so far. He spent the early half of the year touring the east coast to promote his previous album Falcon and the Fox. Now, Storey is back with a new album A Sea To Sail that was released in mid April of this year and recorded at two different studios in Charlotte, NC, Sioux Sioux Studio and transmission studio respectively.
People who listen to this record will notice that Nathan Storey’s vocals on this latest effort are comparable to that of other modern pop folk artists such as George Ezra or James Bay. The mixing on A Sea to Sail is superbly done and sounds as if it could’ve come out of a big name studio owned by EMI or Capital Records.
The title track opens the album and sets the tone of the record as being a soft, mellow listening experience. “Wild Horses,” not to be confused with the Rolling Stones song of the same name, is a great break up song for anyone who just got dumped in a relationship.
“Shelter” is a melancholy track whose first two notes on the piano echo the opening to John Lennon’s “Instant Karma” until Storey takes the track into a completely different direction than the listener was expecting. Another melancholy track on the record is “You Won’t Let Me Down” which features a soft, jangly acoustic guitar and violins that harken back to the singer-songwriter pop folk of the 1990s.
“All the Walls are Breaking Down” features some great harmonies and Nathan Storey taking a break from solo playing as he is interacting with a full band that features slide guitar and drums that mimic Coldplay records that he listened to growing up. This is easily one of the best tracks on the album.
This is quite a promising sophomore album. If we’re lucky, Nathan Storey will continue making records as good as this.
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