It took him three years to make a follow-up to his last album Hard Islands. In June we’ve already heard his new single Iceni Strings, with two stunning b-sides. Now you can finally hear Steam, a whole new album of Nathan Fake.
With this album it seems that he’s partly returning to the organic sound of his debut album Drowning In A Sea Of Love, but saying that this is repetition is definitely wrong. He’s still keeping the dance floor in the back of his head and it seems that he’s also searching for new sounds and rhythms. On the website Drowned In Sound you can read a full explanation from Nathan about his new tracks:
“‘Iceni Strings’ felt like something that sounded very me but also sounds pretty different at the same time. It’ll be the first thing of mine people hear after hard islands which was a pretty hard-edged record. This is a much warmer track but it still has an underlying heaviness to it. It’s really simple but strong, I thought it just makes a perfect single really. The Iceni is an ancient Celtic tribe that lived in what’s now Norfolk. I chose the name because I think the melody is dead simple but memorable in the way a lot of ancient folk music is, and I just felt like the whole track had a total celtic/tribal campfire vibe to it. haha.”
[Photo by Robert Bellamy]