ISRAEL NASH, Texas’ Hill Country troubadour, today premieres the video for “Lucky Ones,” the second single from his upcoming new album, Lifted, out July 27th, 2018 via Loose. The video is a look into Nash’s life on his ranch in the Texas Hill Country, illustrating the inspiration he finds in the landscape, from his family, his home studio Plum Creek Sound, and found sounds he recorded and used throughout the album.
On Lifted, Nash set out to create a listening experience that was almost an immersive representation of his environment, recording drums played in rain collection tanks, water rushing against the limestone, frogs, crickets, and even a rattlesnake. Taking inspiration from methods pioneered by John Cage, Nash then randomised the sounds and music before rearranging them according to the I Ching (The Book of Changes). Using the “Lucky Ones” video as a nod to these methods, Nash describes, “Lucky Ones’ is a song about everything being connected — people, nature, the whole thing and beyond. I wanted the video to illustrate those vibes I feel when I’m here in my place. On the ranch, with my family and my studio, Plum Creek Sound out here in the Hill Country, where I live and create… and sometimes when I get to wear a white suit and forage the land for its sacred sounds and visions!”
Lifted, a modern-day hippie-spiritual, finds Nash continuing his tradition of creating a sonic landscape that is at once both vast and intimate – soaring and untamed at times, placid and sincerely personal at others. Accompanied by his longtime band, with arrangements by Jesse Chandler (Mercury Rev, Midlake), horns by members of Austin’s cumbia/funk compadre’s Grupo Fantasma, and strings from Kelsey Wilson and Sadie Wolf (Wild Child), Nash, alongside co-producer and engineer Ted Young (Kurt Vile, The Rolling Stones), presents an album that soars with meticulously crafted, multi-hued rock and psychedelia.
Check out the video for ‘Lucky Ones’ – BELOW:
The album was recorded at Israel Nash’s studio, a Quonset hut structure called Plum Creek Sound at his home in Dripping Springs, Texas. During the process the studio became a sanctuary for Nash, a creative environment where he often reached a meditative state of escapism, creating a space where he could leave behind his downhearted feelings about the current political landscape and the bigger, existential questions those concerns raise.
Lifted, Israel Nash’s opus, is a fully realised, psychedelic, experimental, Americana rooted epic. By immersing oneself in Lifted, one can see Nash succeeds in a way that’s exquisite yet spiritually satisfying. Nash welcomes you to join him on his uplifting path – one he’s taken throughout his career, now continuing on a higher, imaginative plane.
Rolling On (Intro)
Sweet Springs (Intro)
Northwest Stars (Out Of Tacoma)
Strong Was The Night