Songsmiths

by Neil Nathan

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Features Do Ya from the Californication Soundtrack

On Songsmiths, a six-song EP of mostly covers, Nathan pays tribute to both sides of his musical heritage, covering power pop classics like ELO's 'Do Ya' in stripped down songwriter style, and treating Ludwig von Beethoven's 'Fur Elise' to a garage-surfy, Big Lebowski reinterpretation. Nathan and long-time steel guitar collaborator Mike 'Slo-Mo' Brenner (Slo-Mo, ex- of Marah, Jason Molina, and The Low Road) worked out lo-fi arrangements to songs including 'All or Nothing' by the Small Faces and 'Mia' by Chris Malcarney of the Philadelphia power pop band, The Donuts.

Even the song credited to Nathan and Brenner is, in some ways, a cover. In the movie Descent, filmmaker Talia Lugacy pointed out a scene where actresses Rosario Dawson and Nicole Vicius are singing a song a capella. From this fragment, Nathan and Brenner wrote 'Old Man Time' a menacing, funk-tinged cover in a low vocal range reminiscent of Mark Lanegan.

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released July 31, 2008

Produced by Mike "Slo-Mo" Brenner
Mixed and Mastered by Pete Rydberg and Paul Smith
1935, Philadelphia

Vocals, Acoustic Guitar - Neil Nathan
Bass, Guitar, Lap Steel - Mike "Slo-Mo" Brenner
Drums - Mark Schreiber
Organ - Marc Tucker

Do Ya written by Jeff Lynne
Darling Friend written Beethoven and Neil Nathan
All or Nothing written by Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane
Mia written by Chris Malcarney
Old Man Time written by Mike "Slo Mo" Brenner and Neil Nathan

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Neil Nathan New York, New York

"Impressive." Vinyl District

"A warm, soulful voice, full of longing." Magnet Magazine

"A good time." Huffington Post

"A talent that cuts to & through the heart." Philadelphia Daily News

"Only Neil can weave between Neil Young, The Kinks & QOTSA." Blogs N Roses

"There are few out there with this combo of energy & soulful songwriting, Matthew Sweet & Jeff Tweedy qualify." Powerpopaholic
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