Nick Waterhouse’s Amazing Time’s All Gone
One of the most enjoyable aspects of the recent run of rising soul acts like the Alabama Shakes, Fitz and the Tantrums, Mayer Hawthorne, and Allen Stone is that they have each created a sound that is very different from one another. The most recent edition to that lineup, Nick Waterhouse, has managed to create the most distinctive sound, creating a raunchier, dirtier, sweatier brand of soul music in his terrific full-length debut record Time’s All Gone.
Released on May 1, the eleven-track Time’s All Gone was also produced by the 25-year-old Waterhouse, who has a bit more of a retro feel to his music than his colleagues due in part to the underproduced nature of the recordings. Complemented by a horn section that sounds like Sharon Jones’ Dap Kings and The Naturelles, a three-member group of female backing vocalists, Waterhouse immediately transports the listener into an overcrowded New York City club in 1961. Waterhouse also put percussion towards the foreground of the record, including drumming from indie rocker Ty Segall.
One of Waterhouse’s best attributes as a singer is his ability to pour his soul into each verse, particularly on “Indian Love Call” where he delivers a domineering performance. Waterhouse is also a musical minimalist and is never really caught in a position where one part of a song chokes the sound of another. This is particularly evident on the very interesting “Raina,” where a simple beat is shared by both the drums and his guitar before his horn section creeps into the love song.
The guitar is not always a primary instrument on Time’s All Gone, but when it is in play Waterhouse does not waste a note. Towards the end of the record, the Bo Diddley beat of “Is That Clear” explodes with a pair of electrifying guitar parts from Waterhouse that give the song an unexpected jolt.
Time’s All Gone is available as a digital download, CD, and vinyl. A split 8” of “Don’t You Forget It” with the Allah-lahs and a 45” of “Is That Clear” are also available. Waterhouse is in the midst of a tour that will take him to various spots throughout North America and Europe this summer, including a stop at WXPN’s NonCommvention on May 19 in Philadelphia.