London-via-Cornwall artist Nathan Ball releases his most assured single to date – ‘Waste Of Time’
– “sparse yet engrossing songwriting…the expanded sound is matched to an expansive songwriting sensibility.” – CLASH
– “melancholic tones, riveting vocal hook, and earnest lyrics” – THE INDEPENDENT
– “evocative and darkly graceful.” – THE LINE OF BEST FIT
– “his expansive, slightly melancholic sound is displayed perfectly…we recommend you keep your eyes on Nathan Ball.” – HUNGER
Everything about Nathan Ball feels unforced. A natural, easy, calming presence, his music flows through you in much the same manner.
Today, the London based, Cornwall raised talent shares his most assured release to date — new single ‘Waste Of Time’. Stream the new single here, or by clicking on the player below.
It took Nathan an extended spell in the mountains to unlock this path. Until then, music had been a solitary, uncertain pursuit – a passion, for sure, but one that had yet to find its legs. “I think I needed to get away,” he recalls, “somewhere where there was just no pressure. I had left university and didn’t really know what I wanted to do. All my friends were committing to careers but I needed space to understand what this creative force inside me was.”
New single ‘Waste Of Time’ was written during a crossroads moment for Nathan. “I remember as a kid being told not to wish my life away,” Nathan muses… “and that has always haunted me. The idea of creating this persona of someone you wish you were, and living in that dream world and how that would impact the people close to you.”
Dreamy guitar work lilts amidst a buoyant rhythm section as Waste Of Time cracks into life, with Nathan’s smooth tone snaking round the beautifully crafted instrumentals.
Writing and recording his new material, Nathan gathered a band around him — including co-writer and producer Max Radford, and began playing show after show. “It was a weird one because we were just moving along doing our own thing yet every show we ever played was packed out. Eventually Industry people started coming along and saying: ‘how the hell are you doing this?’ We just kept making music and playing and somehow it connected. I’ve always liked the idea of people getting on board because they want to, rather than it being shoved in their faces.”
Nathan’s work fuses two chief loves – one for the classic songwriting of Paul Simon or Van Morrison and the other an eagerness to experiment and push boundaries sonically. Perhaps unexpectedly he finds inspiration in left-field house music. “That’s where I get the emotions I like to bring into my own writing” he explains “I love the way it makes you feel – it’s euphoric, but sad, introvert but expressive. I can’t quite pin down what it is… I love that darker side of the genre, I guess.”
A keen surfer in his spare time – much of Nathan’s material is connected to his surroundings. “It’s where I write best; by the sea, in the mountains, in the woods. I love being totally immersed in nature so naturally those themes find their way into the music. I love being in the sea – even if I’m not surfing, just being in it, and feeling totally insignificant. It’s a reminder of the order of things.”
Now based in London, he finds the perpetually evolving panorama of the city both chaotic and enchanting. Continually working on fresh material, he’ll then listen to it as he journeys around the metropolis, adjusting it as he goes. With a wave of exceptional new material set for release over the next 12 months, along with his biggest headline show to date at London’s Bush Hall in October — it’s an exciting time for Nathan Ball.
17-20, Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons
7, Neighbourhood Festival, Manchester
19, Bush Hall, London *HEADLINE* (tickets)