Just A Taste
New Sun (Gethen mix)
Nowhere Now (acoustic)
Waterstrider, the name used by Bay Area musician Nate Salman, will be touring the West Coast supporting Diane Coffee. The tour kicks off August 19 at The Hideout in San Diego, CA and conclude August 26 in Visalia, CA. Further, Waterstrider will be playing at Los Angeles‘ Bootleg Theater on June 14 with Gang Of Youths. Live, Salman is accompanied by a full band and all tour dates are listed below.
Nowhere Now, Salman’s debut full length, caught the attention and ears of Danger Mouse who subsequently signed Nate to his label 30th Century Records.
The album is the sound Salman coming into his own as a singular artistic voice. Self-produced in Santa Barbara and Oakland, the 2015 release finds Salman creating an aesthetic world akin to Thom Yorke and James Blake fronting one of Fela Kuti’s powerhouse afrobeat ensembles. Nowhere Now is an album born of private evolution which also reaches outward, a nod toward a future where genre is replaced by honest emotion.
“When I wrote Nowhere Now, I was working really hard on being true to myself,” says the Santa Barbara, CA-born Salman, who previously self-released an EP entitled Constellation in 2011. “I wrote songs about the trouble I was having writing songs (“Calliope”) and the doubt and confusion regarding who I was and who I wanted to be (“Nowhere Now,” “White Light”). I basically questioned every aspect of life that I could think of (“Soundless Sea,” “Passing Ships,” “Redwood”), and now I feel a much stronger sense of who I am as an artist and human.”
The music of Nowhere Now, a pastiche of highlife guitar, galloping rhythms, and lush electronics, shows an innovative musician adept at creating immersive sonic worlds, but it’s Salman’s distinctively soulful falsetto which provides Waterstrider with its emotional wallop. His voice, a constant tug-of-war between sultry and sorrow, is such a powerful instrument that fellow Bay Area auteurs like Chaz Bundick of Toro y Moi have turned from fans into collaborators.
“I believe it comes from an embrace of androgyny,” Salman says. “At it’s core it’s probably just me trying to emulate all the singers I admire. I take lots of inspiration from artists like Jónsi, Nina Simone, and Jeff Buckley. I love the idea of something being created from a source that doesn’t fit into convention.”
The new version of Nowhere Now contains two bonus tracks including an acoustic version of the title track. Earlier this summer Waterstrider shared an intimate and captivating video for the single shot by Tony Corello at the Sound Factory in Los Angeles.
Waterstrider Tour Dates
8/19 San Diego, CA – The Hideout *
8/20 Pioneertown – Pappy & Harriet’s *
8/23 Santa Barbara, CA – Velvet Jones *
8/25 San Francisco, CA – The Chapel *
8/26 Visalia, CA – Cellar Door *
* w/ Diane Coffee