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Nate Campany & The Serenade

The Only Bridge I Need

Funded by donations of family and pals – all thanked on the case – this CD EP brings us four songs by a bloke described as a Brooklyn, pop bohemian, civil-war fanatic and Charles Dickens obsessive (!) and his speciality seems to be wellcrafted unhurried contemporary folk-pop songs. Hence he can play solo or with ensembles and we get the latter on this release.  Nate plays guitar and piano and his arrangements lie somewhere between twangy Pettyish picked backdrops and Paul Simon sound picture settings. His voice is pleasant, lightish but still slightly grainy, particularly on ‘Shown’ which has a rockabilly beat and countryish guitar figures weaving in and out. If the likes of Kevin Montgomery or the Gin Blossoms float your boat, Nate Campany is probably someone you would dig.

Campany is a professional songwriter and has written for Holland chanteuse Ilse Delange. For his own recordings he prefers to gather all the players in a room and go organic hence if mixed well, production gimmicks are avoided and the songs shine through. He comments on recording this way ‘ It’s nice to think, we did that, that’s us and we can look back one day and remember that day and how it felt.’ Nice sense of communal effort.

Closer on this 4-tracker ‘Is This the End’ is almost prime Neil Diamond , but without as many ‘I’s and ‘me’s.

Subtle, melodic, probably radio-friendly, there’s nothing electrically exciting here but it’s a quality set of songs that might gather a following if that lucky song breaks through. He’s certainly got more where these came from

Pete Sargeant

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