How many times have we been warned about never talk to strangers? This is one of the lessons we’re especially remarked when we are children and we easily forget when we grow old, moreover since the Internet era and so many social networks which allow us to connect and expose to many different people worldwide in a limitless way.
The way I got acquainted with Nathaniel Rateliff is a funny story. Since I discover the socializing power of the net, I’ve been experiencing all the communication trends, I’m not ashamed to admit I love Internet surfing and I’m quite hooked to much stuff. First there were the chats, and then Messenger and the music forums, and nowadays Twitter, Facebook and blogging are the real crap I’m in.
I still participate in a couple of music forums on a regular basis, I can find funny stuff, discover new albums, read reviews on music, books and films, or just gossip. The step forward of meeting other participants has been positive in most times, and I’m glad to have found certain people who’ve become close friends.
I cannot thank him properly for the discovery of this album because I don’t know his real name, but Getyaya, a guy (I know it because he usually posts in soccer topics) from North Spain, whose avatar is The Avett Brothers’ Emotionalism album cover, from time to time sends me a private message, with a musical suggestion.
For some time I even thought that perhaps he was an acquaintance because with every suggestion he nailed it, as if he was aware of my tastes. He had told me before about Matt the Electrician and Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside, which I liked, and then, a couple of months ago he led me to Nathaniel Rateliff.
In Memory of Loss is a very introspective work, consisting of songs whose titles speak for themselves: We Never Win, Longing and Losing, Whimper and Wail, Shroud… Sure you know by now it’s not a happy album, but a compilation of nostalgia and mourning in the shape of 16 haunting songs.
Again, allow me to recommend you to listen to it at night, when all the daily activity has stopped, and silence reigns, with a faint light and if possible through your headphones, not the button ones, please, so you can capture all the essence and the tiniest details.
Rateliff’s voice is warm, despite the sadness, and the double backing vocals are killing, supported by a great deal of additional musicians, the arrangements are there to enhance the songs, however they are not the protagonists in the songs. What I mean is that you don’t feel saturated at all, and don’t really notice an overwhelming presence of instruments.
You have to be in the mood for In Memory of Loss, but once it catches you, it won’t let you go, and every song, little by little, will be conquering your will until you surrender to the whole album. In my case, the bait that caught my attention was Early Spring Till
Thanks Stranger, it’s been so great you decided to share this treasure with me!