Beautiful music from a really unlikely source – sounds recorded in the Minneapolis underground years before Prince and The Replacements – handled by a young singer/
songwriter who was just in high school at the time! Unlike other obscurities of this nature, which usually have more of a folk style at the core, Tom Nehls
draws on some deeper, more complex modes – including a bit of jazz in the flute and keyboard lines of the tunes, but also maybe a nascent sense of new age cosmology too – which gets filtered into the recordings in a way that trips things out, but never in a way that's psych-oriented at all. Instead, the whole thing's got this honest but unassuming quality that's very much in the spirit of the title – songs that are written and sung in a fragile way, but which also show a genius that should have gotten more of a chance to express itself over the years. Nehls
took a few months to record the whole thing with his friends – which again makes the record very different than usual works by a local artist who got the chance to grab a few hours of studio time – and the time and care really comes through in the music. Titles include "No People In The Forest", "The Underwater Symphony", "Words Can't Explain", "Clean Air", and the extended "Why" suite.
(With Obi, insert booklet, and hand-numbered package – plus a full bonus album of material and download!)