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Michael Nau, The Parson Red Heads

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The Old Church Southwest
Thu., Oct. 26, 8 p.m. 2017 All Ages

$13-15

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Michael Nau's recent solo releases have made it clear he's a songwriter of an entirely different caliber than most people previously assumed. Farther reaching than either of his former acts—folk-pop outfit Page France and the hazy alt-country band Cotton Jones—Nau's solo work bounces freely between musical palettes. On first listen his releases seem a little unfocused, almost reminiscent of those albums of B-sides and rarities that proliferated in the ’90s. But they’re also sneaky, and if you stay with them long enough, will reveal Nau’s subtle genius. Part of this genius is how his lyrics sidestep most expectations of singer/songwriters: his songs aren't confessional, they aren't stories, and they aren't trying to sound philosophical. What Nau captures in his unlikely pop masterpieces is the feeling of when things work out, when cares fall away, and when the gratitude for the people in your life feels immense and uncontainable. JOSHUA JAMES AMBERSON



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