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John Nagle

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Distractions, is a quirky and soulful landscape of songs centered around the friendship of two offbeat characters who become entangled in the distractions of love. This is the true story--and debut--of artist, John Nagle, and producer, Nahneen Kula. Right before they met, John unwittingly discovered Nahneen's home-made recordings online and was immediately captivated by her voice which is featured all across the album. Her vocal arrangements and electronic embellishments accentuate John's guitar driven grooves and breathy vocals. In recent years both John and Nahneen had suddenly lost their fathers. A precarious time in both their lives they entertained and inspirited one another. The song that sparked the entire album, Unbrella, is a memorial inspired by a heart-to-heart they shared on the irony of beautiful weather on days of utter sorrow. The album as a whole reflects their peculiar sense of humor and the light heartedness of their relationship. In jests of their days together emerged imaginary creatures of which Nagle first illustrated in acrylic paintings as gifts to Nahneen. They have become the official mascots of the album and have snuck their way into the soundtrack--some of which are also featured on the cover: a shrimp that awkwardly floats about outer-space and a fish that flies through the air in a lustful search for bun like objects, better known as the bunfish. Not all romances last for ever but then again not all romances end in friendship--and still, not all romances become a musical collaboration! The last few tracks are revealing of this time when the zany boy and precocious girl end their love affair. Finally, as friends they set out to create Distractions which is to be released at the end of July 2013.

 

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