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Luke Steele and 2 of the guys from Gelbison have formed a side project band called Nations By The River. Specifically, it contains Edo and Nadav "Dove" Kahn from Gelbison as well as Luke from the Sleepy Jacksons. Ohad Rein from Old Man River joined while the debut album was being recorded.

nations by the river - holes in the valley The album, Holes In The Valley, is not as good as the Sleepy Jacksons Lovers nor is it as good as Gelbison's 1704. Not that these facts condemn this album to the trashpile of unworthy 2004 releases. It's worth a listen. It's just that this album does not equal up to the sum of its parts.... as is typical of supergroups of this kind.

The closest point of reference would be to all of the slower more countryfied stuff from the Lovers album. Think "Mourning Rain" or "Old Dirt Farmer". I spose you will find it under "Alt-Country" at the CD store.

The tracks I have included here are all very nice. "Heart Attack Romance" has Sarah Blasko doing about 30 seconds of vocals. How sweet of her to pop into the studio for a day to lay down some vocals. As if to remind us that this really is a supergroup (in case we had forgotten for a second or two). "Boy" is the track doing the rounds on triple J. I include "These Are the Times" because it's one of the fewer upbeat tracks on what is mostly a pretty melancholy album.
Posted by ExistAngst at 01:50 AM June 26, 2004

where did you get these from?
it might be the speakers i am listening to them on, but they sound like different mixes to the album versions. luke steele's voice is way down in the mix.

anyhow, i recommend that people hear the whole album. suprising, considering that this is a side-project, but nations by the river have cultivated a distinct band sound, and the songs sound best back-to-back as on the album.

Comment posted by: magic d at June 26, 2004 06:50 PM

Soulseek.

Comment posted by: ExistAngst at June 26, 2004 11:42 PM

hey awesome post. some are clearly better slsk'ers than others; I've had these in my wishlist for three weeks with no hits. what's the secret?

Comment posted by: tom at July 2, 2004 12:14 AM


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