Nick Waterhouse, a fine purveyor of classic rhythm and blues, jazz and soul, has a new self-titled album out today via Innovative Leisure. The album has received praise from the likes of Mojo, Uncut and Shindig!

Nick will head out on a run of European and UK headlining live dates in support of the album, including two Rough Trade in-stores announced at RT Nottingham and RT East.

A collection of urgent, catchy and soulful cuts from R&B hipster doofus Nick Waterhouse, the LA-based musician howls with passion as his band makes like 1957. Nick says the socially conscious 11-track collection is about “getting ghosted, power dynamics, objectification, crushing debt, false media narratives, even falser concepts of identity given to us by technology, rotten and confounding bad faith ‘politics,’ and a true absence of ideology.”

Waterhouse, who “embodies the essence of ’60s psychedelia and a touch of surf, soul, and blues,” (KUTX) recorded his new album at LA’s legendary Electro-Vox Recorders, and co-produced with Paul Butler (Michael Kiwanuka, St. Paul and the Broken Bones), with backing from a heavy bevy of friends and session players including Bart Davenport, percussionist Andres Renteria (Flying Lotus, Father John Misty), flutist Ricky Washington (Kamasi’s dad), and saxophonists Paula Henderson (Gogol Bordello) and Mando Dorame (JD McPherson).

The album features songs like, “Wreck the Rod,” a rocking retro cut, “Song For Winners,” a “passionate conglomeration of influences from an outraged man” (Consequence of Sound) and “I Feel An Urge Coming On,” originally written by Nick’s friend and mentor Joshie Jo Armstead, who has previously written with Ray Charles and performed as both a Raelette and an Ikette in the 1960’s and 70’s.

There’s a reason why Nick chose to name this, his fourth album, his self-titled release. The album is a deeper reflection of the cultural and emotional firmament that has made Nick the artist he is today: his passions and influences; his love and outrage. The music of Irma Thomas and Chico Hamilton; the films of Robert Siodmak and Adam Curtis. The good old bad days in San Francisco, Detroit, and Los Angeles.

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