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Today, we’re excited to give an exclusive first listen to the debut EP from up-and-coming Kansas City musician Nathan Jurries. Gap Year is a six-song collection of quirky indie that was entirely composed using just Nathan’s acoustic guitar, keyboard, and voice. Always with the assistance of his trusty looper pedal. Despite the entire EP wrapping up just after 18 minutes, Jurries manages to squeeze in an impressive amount of creativity and influences. “Coral” is a soulful pop cut with a synth that has a hint of 70’s acid jazz about it. “Origami” pairs a bluesy guitar link with unusual vocal affects into a fun nonsense song. “Be A Man” is acoustic funk with a message. “Peace Corps” channels synth pop, while “To The Forest” harnesses modern folk, and “Dumplings” is an upbeat summery pop track to close the record out.
- Rex Nasty, GIGsoup, June 13, 2019
"Nathan really defies being easily put into a genre! I've heard him described as theatrical, like Queen, each song its own entity. His stuff is great, best experienced live - you are always amazed after a Nathan Jurries Show"
- Steve Garrett, Songwriter/Podcaster “Within the Realm” Kansas City, June 2019
"Nathan Jurries, a one-man band, jumps seamlessly between folk, alternative and pop music. Each of his songs is unique in sound, yet grounded with keyboard, acoustic guitar and Jurries upbeat voice. He first discovered his interest for piano at age six, and quickly followed up his passion for music by learning to play the guitar. His first solo album, Gap Year, features six songs that gives voice to his quirky style and his optimism that his songs can brighten the darker days. His song, "Be a Man," pairs staccato sounds with lyrics looking at masculinity and expressing emotion. "To the Forest" has a folksy feel, matching with Jurries clear voice, creating an enhancing quality. Upbeat and poppy, with a sweet message, "Dumplings" easily charms listeners. Jurries' captivating lyrics and energetic acoustics will instantly entice at his Aug 12 performance at High Note Cafe.
- Devon Burleigh, Boise Weekly, Aug 7, 2019