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Nick Waterhouse - Time's All Gone - Innovative Leisure

.Rarely, over the course of a year, is there a lack of music that we would categorize as ‘retro’ or ‘old school’. It’s easy to become enchanted by the familiar sounds of years gone by that are injected with a breath of youthful charisma. But there is that dilemma of separating the purely redundant with a talent that acknowledges his or her influences and is forward-thinking enough to still engage; cue Nick Waterhouse. A young soulful hipster from San Francisco, he surely takes a page out of the book that preceded him, but fits quite nicely into the current musical landscape as well.

Similar to his music, if you see Nick Waterhouse he styles himself as an artist from decades past. On sight bringing to mind a Buddy Holly-like character. On record, he tries to recapture that classic sound. A delightful sound that’s a little rough around the edges. No doubt deliberate, the songs on Time's All Gone are wrapped in fuzz, clearly advocating a more vintage style recording in the studio. Waterhouse surrounds himself with a complete band featuring squealing horns, flirtatious back-up singers and a dynamic rhythm section. As a frontman, Nick is unrestrained by the studio walls. He’ll screech along with the horns and his guitar licks sound like utter ‘in-the-moment’ progressions.

Time's All Gone is the full-length debut for Waterhouse. He released an EP a few months back (featuring a few overlapping songs). It’s easy to fall in love with songs like the lead-off track “Some Place” or the doo-wop number “I Can Only Give You Everything”. They both showcase some of those familiar 50s/60s soul sounds, but with the confidence of a young man set to captivate current day audiences.

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