Nassau is the duo of Brooklyn-based songwriters Justin Wilcox and Jeffrey Silverstein. Both were sitting on a bunch of undeveloped material until they came together from respective projects in Baltimore and Chattanooga and helped each other bring their ideas to fruition. Their debut EP, Hoss, sees those ideas fully formed. The EP is full of evocative psych folk with inventive incorporation of ambient synth textures, cleverly inter-weaved guitar lines, and penetrating writing. The collection of songs is rooted in a resonant twang, but the duo expands and opens it, displaying a wonderful elasticity in their sound. Wilcox’s soothing voice drifts through the varying soundscapes on the album with a serene, calming effect on lyrics that get much heavier than their delivery suggests. Listen.
The Hoss EP is out 6/23 via Fire Talk. Pre-order it here.