I picked a bad time to take a long vacation from this blog because the beginning of 2012 has been one of the best periods in local record releases since I’ve been paying attention. In a few weeks, I’ll be back to blogging regularly again and I plan to post on everything worthwhile that’s come out this year, but for now, I want to talk a little bit about the one album that sits high above the rest: Nomen Novum‘s If You Look For It, It’s There.
What stands out most about this record is how successful it is on so many different levels. There’s genius to every single element. For example, if you only take the lyrics by themselves and ignore the music, you’ll find no one in this city more apt at lyricism. The record is littered with succinct and profound lines. At some moments the words are funny and playful, at other times, they’re serious and somber.
On top of the words themselves, the vocal delivery is just as impressive. The range of styles he can nail with his voice seems boundless. Every single syllable is delivered with perfection. And then beyond the words and vocals, the musical arrangements themselves are complex and endlessly detailed, yet the song writing is so accessible and engaging that you don’t even notice how deeply everything is layered until you listen to it over and over again. Simply in terms of beats, Nomen Novum is one of the best producers in the city. The droney moments are as beautiful and haunting as anything I’ve heard. There’s just so much to take in.
It’s hard for me to think of another musical artist that is more versatile than David Norbery, inside or outside the perimeter, and other than maybe a handful of Outkast and Deerhunter records, this is probably the best record to ever come out of the city of Atlanta. So if you haven’t spent a lot of quality time with this album yet, hopefully this endorsement, the most hype I’ve ever showered upon a record, will convince you to give it a few good spins. It really is that good, and it’s entirely free to download.
Nomen Novum opens for Chairlift and Nite Jewel tomorrow (April 19) night at The Earl.
- Posted by Davy Minor on April 18, 2012 at 5:09 pm