Nathaniel Land – Black Blue Sky

Nathaniel Land – Black Blue Sky
NYC singer/songwriter continues to push his songwriting envelope with this, his fifth music release. There seems to be subtle increases in both intensity and edginess from he previous efforts, displaying some of his finest work to date. The hooky indie-rock potency of the lead track “On The Inside” would stand up against any tune on the radio these days, with emotive vocal punch, fueled by gripping instrumental work. “Turn Your Light On” has the feel of an alt-acoustic power ballad with intriguing tweaks in songwriting eccentricities. The title track is ambient folk that feels both lush yet snappy, while the stripped down “Love Sings” is perhaps the most heartfelt display of passion Nathaniel infuses into his vocals. His voice proves again to be quite intoxicating, with an alt-rock fringe mellowed by a sweet bluesy croon. His words range from touching to introspective to inspiring, and the music he wraps around them really make you experience his feelings. It is obvious that Nathaniel is not satisfied with merely rehashing his previous works. On the contrary, his songwriting talent pool obviously runs very deep and he is still drawing from various areas of it to create fresh but comfortingly familiar music that is captivating and enjoyable.  – MW


Nathaniel Land – My Destination’s You

NYC’s singer-songwriter Nathaniel Land has produced another wonderful music gift – a further honing of his already excellent songcrafting capabilities. Nathaniel has always had a mesmerizing voice, feeling like the edgy croon of David Gray is blended with a touch of Gregg Allman bluesiness. You can really feel his thought-provoking words as he always has an emotive intensity whether on the barebones folk of “Emily” or the indie rock power ballad of “Lonely Life.” The songs also have often inspirational vibes, particularly noticeable on “California Blue” and “Take Your Chances,” the latter being a mellow acoustic track that remains uplifting and powerful. The title track ends the EP with overflowing emotions and a wonderfully subtly intricate musical backdrop. There are so many singer/songwriters out there these days that you really need something special to break away from the stereotypical sounds. Nathaniel Land has more than proven he has something special. It boils down to his passion fueling his words and music, and how he then creates songs where the listener can experience his feelings and tales. He continues to intrigue and shows that he deserves widespread acclaim. – MW


Nathaniel Land – Make This World Our Own

Nathaniel Land – Make This World Our Own
The first full length release by NYC based singer-songwriter Nathaniel Land is a wonderful collection of songs enticing you to sit back, smile and appreciate the talent and effort that went into their creation. You can feel influences from the likes of David Gray, Ryan Adams, and maybe even a touch of Michael Stipe, but Nathaniel definitely makes the music his own. He has one of those rare voices with a harmonic timbre melded with emotional passion ranging from delicate to intense that really puts the hook into you. This helps you to actually feel his words, which are often soul-opening explorations of life experiences written in intelligent and honest fashion. The music backing the words includes some solid acoustic guitar work and just the right amounts of rhythm and keyboards to enhance the lyrics without overpowering them. The songs are very strong, and although mostly mellow, they still have plenty of subtle power to them.  “Possibility,” “Running’s All We Know” and “It’s The Life” are some of the real stand-out tracks, as good as anything on AC radio these days. Nathaniel Land proves to have the talent to dub him as ‘someone to watch’ without it being cliché to say so. The CD is also dedicated to the Amani Children’s Home in Moshi, Tanzania, a noble cause. – MW