December 4, 2009

New Nana Grizol album: Ruth

With two former members of the legendary Neutral Milk Hotel enlisted in Nana Grizol, the fellow Athens, GA band is an easy comparison, but also one that fits—albeit loosely. Led by singer/guitarist Theo Hilton, Nana Grizol boasts intimate and tender-hearted narratives banged out with enthusiastic and splintering guitars, rhythms and horn-blasted melodies. Ruth, the group's second album, isn't revolutionary but it nevertheless maintains the band's creative momentum with uptempo ear-catching anthems like "For Things That Haven't Come Yet," "Blackbox" and the muted album standout "Galaxies."

Nana Grizol - "Galaxies" (from Ruth)

Although featured on Ruth, I much prefer this acoustic version of "Blackbox" recorded at If You Make It because of the emphasis on Hilton's excellent lyrics and the beautiful accompanying harmony of bassist Madeline Adams (who also has a nice solo career going).

Nana Grizol - "Blackbox" (from Pink Couch Sessions)

Nana Grizol

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