I added Broken Record to my collection after reading Jeff’s post on his web site at Eclectic Music Lover. Apart from Jeff’s post there is scant information available about this song, so I will let him do most of the talking today. Otherwise here is NAVE’s ‘about’ page description:
Nathan Evans (NAVE) is a British prolific songwriter and music producer based in South UK.
His dark and eerie style delivers an infectious stamp on his tracks creating a fresh and unique sound.
NAVE is a multi-instrumentalist and both his live and electronic projects have been invited to play a BBC Introducing session receiving praise from the likes of Joshua Homme (QOTSA), Edwyn Collins and Tom Robinson (BBC6)
Now onto Jeff at Eclectic Music Lover:
One of the most hauntingly beautiful songs I’ve heard this year is “Broken Record” by British artist NAVE, the solo music project of singer-songwriter, composer and producer Nathan Evans. The prolific and hyper-talented musician creates gorgeous and dramatic music incorporating a broad array of genres and styles, including alternative electronica, rock, ambient, trip-hop, orchestral and dark wave. He’s also front man for alternative rock band Native Tongue. He wrote “Broken Record” to address the powerfully addicting allure of social media and its impacts on our emotional and mental health. Nathan states “‘Broken Record’ focuses on the like, follow and share society we have transitioned into over the past decade. Likes release dopamine like a drug and we become addicted to the validation, attention and acknowledgment of our successes or happiness. We hide behind filters and fake smiles to show an inaccurate reality we wish was real.” The song is stunning, with mournful, contemplative piano keys overlain with arresting percussion, swelling strings and mysterious vocal effects. I love male singing voices in the higher ranges, and Nathan’s is especially captivating here. Not only is “Broken Record” a gorgeous song, it also resonates very strongly with me, and I’m thrilled to place it at the top of my list this week.
1. Nathan Evans web site – I am Nave
2. Top 30 Songs for September 11-17, 2022 – Eclectic Music Lover
Thanks for featuring NAVE on your blog, Matt. I’m glad his song resonated with you too!
Yeh, I really like how it sounds and the mood it exudes. Plus a great message.
What year was it released? 2022 I imagine