This Week’s Best Single: Nick Waterhouse’s Is That Clear

Nick Waterhouse: Is That ClearNick Waterhouse: Is That Clear (Innovative Leisure / Stones Throw, 9/27/11)

Nick Waterhouse: “Is That Clear”

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Despite what your ears and eyes are telling you, the seven-inch single Is That Clear, from San Francisco-based rock-‘n’-roll artist Nick Waterhouse, is brand new. Fully committed to the horn-rimmed and fuzzed-out retro aesthetic, Waterhouse is a mere 25 years old, and somehow not the long-lost progeny of Buddy Holly.

Though it’s tempting to lump him into the┬árecent crop of soul revival led by artists like Mayer Hawthorne and Jamie Lidell, Waterhouse isn’t interested in coating a vintage sound with the modern sheen of synths and vocoders. Recorded in analog and sporting hand-letter-pressed labels, his self-produced debut, Some Place, was released on his own label (Pres) with a backing band known as The Turn-Keys.

Now, as he readies a full-length for Innovative Leisure, Waterhouse drops Is This Clear, a horn-heavy two-track throwback that clocks in at just five minutes. Throw it on the record player and dust off that rusty Mashed Potato of yours.

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