Nathaniel Street-West | Witness

Go To Artist Page

Album Links
Nathaniel Street-West PureVolume Wikipedia Apple iTunes MySpace

More Artists From
United States - California - LA

Other Genres You Will Love
Rock: Roots Rock Blues: Acoustic Blues Moods: Type: Live Recordings
Sell your music everywhere
There are no items in your wishlist.

Witness

by Nathaniel Street-West

Somewhere in Malibu, in a living room overlooking the ocean, a miracle transpired in November of 2006. What else could you call it when Mark Howard, one of the most respected producers in the business, with credits that include Bob Dylan, U2, and REM, drives down from the desert on little more than a hunch and moves his studio into the home of an artist he barely knows? And what do you call it when some of the top session players, from up-and-coming stars like Alanis Morissette’s keyboardist Zack Ray to legends on the level of Jim Keltner, come to that same house and, in just one week, begin and finish an album of that artist’s extraordinary songs? Call it a miracle if you like, but the real miracle is in the mind, the hands, and the voice of Nathaniel Street-West, who takes a big step toward greatness with that album, Witness. Like landmark albums of years past, Witness is a live document, recorded by great players gathered into one room, feeding from each other’s energy and from the
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
Release Date: 

We'll ship when it's back in stock

Order now and we'll ship when it's back in stock, or enter your email below to be notified when it's back in stock.
Continue Shopping
just a few left.
order now!
Buy 2 or more of this title's physical copies and get 10% off
Share to Google +1

To listen to tracks you will need to update your browser to a recent version.

  Song Share Time Download
clip
1. Give Me a Witness
4:45 $0.99
clip
2. Daddy's Fine
3:32 $0.99
clip
3. Repugnant James
4:26 $0.99
clip
4. American Way
2:32 $0.99
clip
5. Debra
5:15 $0.99
clip
6. Infidel
3:45 $0.99
clip
7. Desert Mirage Love Letters
4:32 $0.99
clip
8. Wedding Song
4:21 $0.99
clip
9. Borrowed Time
3:40 $0.99
clip
10. Flowers of Summer
4:38 $0.99
clip
11. Road of Life
3:12 $0.99
clip
12. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
3:33 $0.99
clip
13. Coldness Follows
5:27 $0.99
clip
14. Thunder
5:29 $0.99
clip
15. Mind
4:59 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Somewhere in Malibu, in a living room overlooking the ocean, a miracle transpired last November. What else could you call it when Mark Howard, one of the most respected producers in the business, with credits that include Bob Dylan, U2, and REM, drives down from the desert on little more than a hunch and moves his studio into the home of an artist he barely knows?

And what do you call it when some of the top session players, from up-and-coming stars like Alanis Morissette’s keyboardist Zack Ray to legends on the level of Jim Keltner, come to that same house and, in just one week, begin and finish an album of that artist’s extraordinary songs? Call it a miracle if you like, but the real miracle is in the mind, the hands, and the voice of
Nathaniel Street-West, who takes a big step toward greatness with that album, Witness. Like landmark albums of years past, Witness is a live document, recorded by great players gathered into one room, feeding from each other’s energy and from the fountain of Street-West’s brilliant material.

Like the best of today’s releases, it’s tuned to a modern sensibility, alive with images that tumble through surreal streams of consciousness or pare down to the essence of anger and fear and wounded love. There are epics on Witness, like “Debra,” a story of shattered beauty that bewilders as it enlightens, like a beacon in a house of mirrors. And there are moments of abbreviated eloquence, like “Road Of Life,” which is here and suddenly gone, like the song’s picture of a jet plane that’s borne love away. There’s plenty of space in this music — space for Street-West’s guitar to drip, rich and honeyed, through the dreamy shades in “Flowers Of Summer,” or for his voice to quake and break with anquish in “Coldness Follows.” A song that Jim Keltner said, “really got to me. I immediately connected to a person in my life who is meaningful to me. When art touches you where you feel that strongly, it doesn’t get any better. It’s what it is all about.”

The emptiness, as much as sounds, that fills Witness, speaks from Street-West’s soul — and every moment that’s heard, every silence that’s felt, announces the arrival of a visionary, one whose music can change the listener’s world.

Read more...

Reviews


to write a review

GeneralEclectic

This is the pure, raw stuff
Nathaniel Street-West is the modern day folk blues man if there ever was one. The Lanoisish "Repugnant James" (my choice for first single from this album) might hide that fact somewhat, and if you only know that great song from him you are well in for much of a surprise: all the songs are pure and raw and rooted in folk blues. And they rock hard. Deep, moving lyrics, story songs. It's all there. When I found this album back in 2007, I was so happy about the treasure I had dug out of the information stream which is the internet. Even my girlfriend, who is into gothic metal, enjoys this music a lot. Her favorite is "Thunder". Not long after this album came out, there were rumors Street-West had already been working on new songs with Jim Keltner as producer. Here's hoping he will put that one out on CD rather sooner than later because it's been quite a while since this last one. "Witness", "Daddy's Fine", "Borrowed Time", "Road Of Life", "Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee", "Coldness Follows" and most of all, "Desert Mirage Love Letters" are my recommendations for first listening, for you to find out what this album is all about. Enjoy!
Read more...