It's always a good day when Nathan releases an album.
Arguably one of Canada's most underrated folk-country acts, this Winnipeg foursome deliver yet again with their new disc, Key Principles.
Their third release effortlessly melds old-school country melodies with accessible pop vocals, a formula they perfected on their last disc, Jimson Weed. Though the rollicking Scarecrow and the measured but haunting The Wind could be two of Nathan's best songs ever, the rest of the record isn't far behind.
Thanks to New Pornographers producer Howard Redekopp, Nathan sound poppier than usual. A few songs, like Daffodils and Trans Am, are almost devoid of any Americana sounds. Still, Keri Latimer and Shelley Marshall's songwriting is so strong that they'd write a solid album no matter what genre they take on.
Nathan play Hugh's Room August 15.