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Demo Versions, 2014 to 2017

by Michael Nau

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Charlie Moonbeam An excellent entry point to the vast and excellent catalog of Michael Nau, these stripped down demo cuts get to core of his musical world:

Catchy, feel-good, soulful tunes that are altogether mature, private, and playful. Favorite track: The Glass (demo).
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newcommute Some of Nau’s best material experienced in their most pure form; stripped down, informal, and comfortably genuine. Favorite track: Funny in Real Life (demo).
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klklklklklklkl Each of Mr. Nau's records continues to make me whisper to myself "holy shit, that's good" such a soulful and poetic voice. Mike is always playing around with his own songs live. its wonderful to hear these Nau classics on their first flights.... Favorite track: Funny Wind (demo).
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Michael Nau’s solo career began with songs crafted and composed in private moments, later to be shared with musical compatriots and reimagined with auxiliary input on records like Michael Nau & The Mighty Thread, Mowing, The Load EP, and Some Twist. These early drafts were stashed away in the vault as Nau strode forward, but after a taxing spring of touring in support of his latest album Less Ready to Go, and recording and self-releasing the stripped-down informal release So On So On, Nau found himself hunkering down at home and rediscovering old gems in his archives. The search yielded a new digital collection of Nau’s initial forays into solo work, bundled together as Demo Versions, 2014 to 2017. In their initial incarnations, these songs were less about the end result and more about the discovery. “They’re the seed,” Nau says of the material. “These recordings are essentially the writing of the songs… written and recorded at the same time. There’s something exciting about them for that reason. It feels magical any time the start of a song arrives, let alone gets ‘finished.’” These early drafts don’t just serve to shed light on the creative process or expose the malleability of Nau’s songwriting approach; they often frame the material in an entirely new context. Demo Versions’ opening track “The Glass” is a bare-bones affair of acoustic guitar, bass, and vocals—a breezy Sunday morning song that sounds markedly different than the layered lounge-rock approach that later appeared on Mowing. “Light That Ever,” with its wall-of-sound production, serves as a climax to Some Twist, but in its infant stage on this collection, it’s a beautiful, intimate folk song. Ultimately, all ten songs off Demo Versions, 2014 to 2017 reveal a new side to these fan favorites, with Nau’s lush arrangements and unorthodox accompaniments largely absent, and the simple beauty and grace at the heart of the material at front and center. Suicide Squeeze is proud to offer up Michael Nau’s Demo Versions, 2014 to 2017 to the world via digital platforms.


released July 10, 2020


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