Israel Nash Gripka first came to my attention in 2011 with the release of the fantastic “Barn Doors & Concrete Floors” full-length album and “Missouri” benefit EP that raised money for the victims of the devastating tornado that ripped through Joplin, Mo. in May of that year.
Now recording as Israel Nash with bandmates Eric Swanson, Joey McClellan, Aaron McClellan and Josh Fleischman, the Show Me State native continues to explore country-tinged indie folk on “Israel Nash’s Silver Season.”
This album more closely resembles 2013 gem “Rain Plains” than “Barn Doors & Concrete Floors,” but it’s another winner from Israel & Co. There’s a vein of psychedelia weaving its way throughout the nine-track, 50-minute release as the band lets each tune unfold slowly.
Keepers abound on “Israel Nash’s Silver Season,” with the band at its best on “Parlour Song,” personal favorites “The Fire and the Flood” and “L.A. Lately,” “A Coat of Many Colors” and “The Rag and Bone Man.”
If you have yet to discover Israel Nash, here’s a perfect opportunity to remedy that. And I encourage you to do so. (Jeffrey Sisk)