Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 9:40 am
Welcome to the new modern. L.A. musician Nick Waterhouse and his band The Tarots are young revivalists who offer a contemporary spin on classic sounds. Waterhouse comes from a world of "record people" and grew up just down the road from The Distillery (an all-analog Costa Mesa recording studio which houses the old console from Muscle Shoals), so he was afforded the privilege of seeing how the music-making process used to work. Working in precise detail, he crafts and refines a sharp modern-vintage sound throughout his first album, Time's All Gone.
This session for KEXP shows the 26-year-old in fine form, with slick shades and a musical intellect far beyond his years. These five songs capture the Nick Waterhouse sound perfectly, so come watch the future play out through his eyes.
Greg Vandy, host; Kevin Suggs, audio engineer; Jim Beckmann, Shelly Corbett and Scott Holpainen, cameras; Jim Beckmann, editing. Photo by Chad Syme.