Nick Waterhouse’s music is reminiscent of a time when analog was king, and when a skinny, clean-shaven kid with a guitar wearing sunglasses indoors was the coolest guy in the room. Waterhouse, who says he received his Masters and Ph.D. in American Music Theory at Rooky Ricardo’s Records in San Francisco, is bridging the old with the new (He sells 45’s on his Tumblr.) in a way that pays homage to those before him without simply rehashing an old sound or drowning in idolatry. His music is an exercise in self-restraint, seeing just how much energy and emotion he can fit into a classic sound and still call it his own. Twangy guitars dance around snarling saxophone blasts while Waterhouse croons and howls, convincingly blending passion with poise without ever losing his cool. Check out his full KEXP in-studio performance with his band the Tarots featuring songs from his debut album Time’s All Gone below:
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