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NATHAN SEECKTS – OCEANS OF WOMEN AND WINE

Nathan Seeckts is a Geelong indie/folk artist with a few heart-felt stories to tell, which he proceeds to do and do well from the outset of his third release, Oceans of Women and Wine. It’s a six-track selection that you’d be forgiven for imagining could be the product of a hedonistic young reveller smirking about having landed a good wicket, based on the title. But this EP isn’t about some self-indulgent wannabe shallowly posturing— the stories have substance and Seeckts’s heart and guitar bleed openly in their telling.

It’s a raw EP, in the sense that the songs come direct to you from an artist and his guitar, with no buffering sugary-polish added in effort to be sure of its palatability. It doesn’t need that; it’s palatable regardless and very much so, in fact every one of the songs are the sort that a music-lover isn’t going to just consume passively, but is going to actively engage with.

These are the sort of songs that you’ll sing along to instinctively. These are the sort of songs that you’ll try to sing along to on the first listen—even before you know the words—as they capture you in a way that compels you to howl out some sort of noise, or to guess at lines in the song, because they’re just so bloody sing-a-longable that you have to join in from the outset, whether you know the words or not.

Opening track Summer Dresses is something you might hear belting out of the jukebox in a country or outer-suburban pub late on a Saturday night, as a few drunken, flannelette-wearing die-hards sing earnestly along. Like most of the songs on this EP—like all of the songs on this EP—it’s underpinned by some good old-fashioned acoustic guitar-strumming that’s not particularly complex, because that’s not the point.

The point is that Seeckts has a few stories to tell, and that he wants to tell them in the way he knows how: through music. He wants to tell you what’s on his mind, and what’s in his heart. He wants to tell you stories about places and people. He wants you to feel stories haunted by regret and loss; stories about pining for that past time spent dancing with your other, or holding hands while walking the city streets. And the stories he tells are related in a raw, sincere way that makes you feel like you want to be part of them—in a way that makes you feel like you are a part of them.

Seeckts lists Springsteen as an influence, and while in giving it his all he doesn’t evidence the measure and restraint that can add such resonance to a Secret Garden or Streets of Philadephia, his voice does have a bit of the Springsteen rasp to it, such as excites something in you like in a Born In the USA. It’s a strong voice, one that commands attention; rough, ragged, earthiness tinges a strong honest voice that evokes a sense of the working class man who’s been through a bit. If you want to imagine the flavour of Oceans of Women and Wine, think hard-working brickie, walking hand-in-hand with his girl down the cobbled-streets of a city humming with the jungle beat; to imagine the song Shelby, think of a shearer, driving home along a dark country road, reflecting on what has been. Think acoustic guitar and a strong rasping voice, with a bit of harmonica thrown in.

If you like a song told from the heart—a song likely to stoke memories of the past in a way that’ll have you lending your own vocals to—then every one of the songs on Oceans of Women and Wine will get more than one play from you.

A highly-buyable release. Consume with strong whisky.

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Rating: 24/28 Days

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