This past week, Nick Waterhouse released his debut album entitled Time’s All Gone on the local LA-based label Innovative Leisure. The title for Nick’s album is appropriate as he is a key player in the retro soul revival going on across the country. From Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings to Charles Bradley, from Mark Ronson to Mayer Hawthorne, vintage soul sounds are everywhere. Nick brings back the husky R&B sound of yesteryear featured prominently in the music from New Orleans, Detroit and Memphis. Growing up in Southern California, Nick found inspiration in Ray Charles, Roy Head and Little Willie John records as a kid. His appreciation for vintage recordings has led him to use analog-only recording and pressing methods including open-reel tape machines, lacquer cutting machines, and even hand letter-pressed labels. He is dedicated to the preservation of vinyl and has produced his own 45s on Pres Records.
“If I’m going to bother to use a real guitar, I want a real sound wave.” – Nick Waterhouse
Nick’s 45s became an instant success. His first single, “Some Place,” sold out quickly and now trades hands on eBay for over $100. Now Nick has compiled a lot of his songs into his first full-length record under his own name. Time’s All Gone is loaded with classic soul, funk, and R&B, complete with wailing sax and the thick, gooey warmth of analog production. This record is not to be missed and of course you should listen to the LP, but CDs and digital versions are also available. So get to your local record shop and ask for Time’s All Gone today. To get a taste, watch the terrific video for “Some Place” below. Don’t miss Nick Waterhouse & his Tarots at Mercury Lounge on May 19th.