Page France

Listening to Page France reminded me of something I could not put my finger on for a whole day. When it came to me, I was delighted — Michael Nau sounds like Donovan. That’s right, I said Donovan (I know my sister will at least get that reference). I’m talking about the Donovan of “Catch the Wind” and “Mellow Yellow,” for the rest of you. I used to groove to “Mellow Yellow” down in my parents’ basement, lo these many years ago.

That isn’t to say that Page France is particularly derivative — there’s just something about the repetetive upbeat choruses that strikes me. I’d give a lot of money (ok, maybe about $10) to hear Mr. Nau do a rendition of “To Sing For You.” But back to topic! Page France did a set for the Daytrotter Sessions on Oct. 1st. Usually I download the Daytrotter songs, go, “eh,” and delete them, but I found myself forgoing the “eh” this time.

I will also forgo the Christian-slant interpretation of Nau’s lyrics, because he seems to want people to so much. Methinks he doth protest too much; he spends a lot of time talking about devils and haloes and trumpets and gates and Christ and blood and whatnot. However! I’ll resist the impulse and just skip lyrical interpretation entirely (I know! What is this world coming to?). The music is chipper and engaging, and the songs, though sort of mysterious, recall the psychadelic imagery of 60s music (Nau wants to be compared to Dylan; sorry dude, but Donovan is pretty cool).

I’m making like Everybody Cares today and only pointing you toward legal music; I feel so virtuous. You can download “The Ruby Ring Man,” “Chariot,” “Dogs,” and “Antarctica” at the Daytrotter sessions and “Junkyard” and “Bush” at the Suicide Squeeze page.

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