Goh Nakamura | Daylight Savings (remastered)

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Daylight Savings (remastered)

by Goh Nakamura

Acoustic folky dreampop
Genre: Pop: Beatles-pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Daylight Savings
3:30 album only
2. At Ease
3:08 album only
3. Pigeon Toes
4:11 album only
4. Z = Zerogame
3:43 album only
5. N.P.
1:27 album only
6. Embarcadero Blues
3:00 album only
7. El Camino
3:43 album only
8. Y.T.
3:40 album only
9. Highway Flowers
3:40 album only
10. Surrogate Valentine
3:57 album only
11. Yer Highness
3:32 album only
12. Goodbye
0:19 album only
13. Daylight Savings 2008
3:31 album only
14. Alphabet Cottonpick
3:34 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
This is the CD re-issue of Nakamura's debut album recorded in 2003. There is also a digital-only version of the album.

Goh Nakamura is a SF Bay Area based musician who likes to write ditties about parking tickets, impossible crushes and faraway dreamlands (amongst other things). Accompanying himself with digital samplers and an acoustic guitar, his live solo shows are always unique and often unpredictable.

Goh has contributed his guitar and vocal work to the Ridley Scott films “A Good Year” and most recently “American Gangster”. His song “Daylight Savings” was chosen to be included on the soundtrack to the Robert Benton film “Feast of Love” starring Morgan Freeman and Greg Kinnear.

Listening to Takeshi "Goh" Nakamura's debut album, Daylight Savings is not unlike falling in love for the first time. It's bemusing, sweet, and a little clumsy in moments, but pricelessly charming in spite of itself. You hope it never ends. Nakamura, a Bay Area native, successfully marries earnest and bemusing lyrics with catchy refrains and solid guitar melodies.Without delving into cloying sentimentality or heavy theatrics, Goh is a purist when it comes to his art. Daylight Savingsis the first love result of an end-to-end DIY music production. From the artist: Here are 11 songs from the deepest reaches of my heart. The Breakdown: 2 sad songs ("Daylight Savings,""Highway Flowers") 2 songs about getting dissed ("Z=zerogame,""Pigeon Toes") 3 Love Songs ("Y.T.,""Surrogate,""Yer Highness") 4 "Dream" Songs ("At Ease,""Embarcadero,""El Camino,""N.P.") Everything was recorded all by my lonesome on a Roland VS 880 digital 8 track in the wee and not so wee hours in various bedrooms and living rooms in California. Since "reality TV" is so big these days. . .Think of these tunes as uh. . . Reality music? (flaws are real!) Daylight invites humming along. It becomes second nature and you'll find that you don't even mind that the CD is physically and literally stuck in your car stereo system-3 weeks straight.The sequence and selection of songs create a biography of extraordinarily accessible memories and experiences covering childhood memories, bad jobs, loss, first kisses, fandom crushes, and startling love. Nakamura's emotionally taut and controlled lyrics have frequently been compared to Elliot Smith, while his vocal stylings resonate a little of both Colin Haye and Elvis Costello.Wry, self-effacing humor in Daylight tunes "N.P.," "Embarcadero," and "Z=Zero game" will manage to wriggle a smile out of even the most dour cynic. ("Goh Portman"? I mean come on). No pretenses or hyper-emo stylings. Just solid, smart songwriting. Refraining from the more ambitious live loop tracks that can be experienced at a Goh "Live" show, Nakamura keeps his self harmonizing clean and focused in intention. Still, one wonders if he recorded these tunes while barefoot. It would seem quite alright if he did. I'd reference the liner notes, but alas there aren't any. by Min Jung Kim



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Bob Cook

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This is a great album. A lot of quirky songwriting and heartfelt prose to accompany some great guitar playing and a minimal amount of effects and processing. Goh definitely follows in the tradition of singer-songwriters like Elliott Smith, but doesn't feel like a clone thanks to the amount of personality that shines through.