Album review: NANAUE – 281F


Rattsburg Records [Release date 26.11.21] www.

Based on the liner note, it seems this project has been some 11 years in the making. Evidently one of those internet phenomenons with recording bounced across Italy, Spain and Belgium.

The main protagonists Emiliano Deferrari (vocals) and Matteo Nahum (guitar) have weaved a rather engaging tapestry of songs that whilst referencing classic pop/rock retain a certain individuality. The lyrics might be quirky, poetic, but they resonate.

The core influence has to be latter day Beatles with ‘Daybreak’ for example evoking ‘Blackbird’ albeit with added cello and a more upbeat end section.  The use of winds and brass gives some tracks a chamber music feel such as ‘ The Shortest Story’ and ‘Devil’s Lighter’ with it’s ‘Day In The Life’ aleatoric effects.

The album is topped by another romantic paean ‘The Blind, The Deaf’, a real tour-de-force with references to the everyday and the hum-drum ‘Don’t Give Up – all the strength you need is to dip another sugar spoon in the mug/and turn till the coffee is sweet the way I like it.”

The Italian Nahum (now based in Spain) has a background in film and TV music composition and is a Berklee graduate whilst Deferrari is a fellow Italian now domiciled in Belgium who tours a solo show using live loops.

The duo are not afraid to mix things up.  The opener ‘Summwhere’ starts like something from a 1920s dance hall before morphing into a more jazz rock orientated groove.  ‘Sumac Said’ is a really lovely ballad and beautifully orchestrated.  ‘Confident Boy’ a rather polite slice of soft funk, topped with Deferrari’s frenetic guitar solo.   Only the rather ordinary and untypical rock ‘n’roller ‘Che Boludo’ (sung in Spanish) is the one major distraction.

Any multi-national configuration that waxes lyrical about ‘Lancashire’ -  “My life would flow without shakes/pork pies, black pudding all day/my tan will fade in the misty rain/because I’m leaving for Lancashire’ – has our vote.  It’s as bizarre as it is endearing and it needs a wider audience.  ****1/2

Review by David Randall

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