Once again ... Pure and Familiar and Golden.
The very first time I listened to Rain Plans, I knew this was a band on the brink of classic rock greatness. This new album without a doubt should push them into that elite realm. I preordered to just get the first two tracks sooner than later -- and there's every reason to believe that Silver Season is going to be a staple on my stereo for many years to come.
By the first chorus of hearing ‘L.A. Lately’ I know Silver Season is going to be magical. This band is special, Rain Plans was/is still special. I know exactly what I’ll be doing the morning of Oct. 9 - find my stereo sweet spot, lay back and with the phone turned off listening through the new album (at least twice in a row), exactly how albums like this are meant to be heard. Until then I’m not buying the pre-release singles, I want that morning to be perfect.
Israel Nash Silver Season
Purchased before official release. Have listened through first time and found it a little less rocking than it's predecessors. It is more cosmic and stratospheric, which to me is a great thing. Sounds like the old albums in which one song flowed into another. At times he is Neil Young. Other times he is John Fogarty. By all means you should see these guys live. Best time I've had at a show in years. Danced all night even though I was facing knee replacement two days later. Buy it and love it!
About Israel Nash
A native of the Ozark Mountains in Missouri, singer/songwriter Israel Nash Gripka blends elements of rock and country with gentle psychedelia and undercurrents of rural folk. After moving to New York in 2006, he released his debut LP, New York Town, in 2009. The influence of '60s and '70s artists like Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Band, and Crosby, Stills & Nash could be heard in his Americana-inspired sound. Seeking a more textural and electric-based sound, he recruited Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley to produce and play on his follow-up album, 2011's Barn Doors and Concrete Floors. By this point he was signed to Dutch label Continental Record Services and had found increasing success in Europe and the U.K., releasing the live album 2011 Barn Doors Spring Tour: Live in Holland that same year. After five years living in the city, Gripka relocated from New York to the small rural town of Dripping Springs, Texas, located outside of Austin in the Hill Country. Shortening his name to Israel Nash, he and engineer Ted Young recorded his third album, Rain Plans, to analog tape at his home. The album's rich, atmospheric country-rock sound drew comparisons to Neil Young and became a favorite at NPR and several influential American radio stations when it was released in the U.S. in 2014. Working again with London-based Loose Records, in 2015 he followed up with Silver Season, which followed a similar path while adding more psychedelic textures to his sound. ~ Timothy Monger
- Aurora, Missouri