The Nude Party The Nude Party
Published Jul 04, 2018Have you ever met someone who says yes to every opportunity that comes their way? How about six somebodies? The Nude Party are a North Carolina six-piece band bound by shared history and a spirit of saying yes. This impassioned sextet learned how to play their instruments together, and named their project after a reputation for throwing parties in the buff. This level of co-comfort has led to a tightness in their sound, and their debut album is one crafted from extensive touring and years of living together.
The tone of The Nude Party sits where folk meets rock: think Dylan going electric after a night spent marathoning old westerns. Where "Water on Mars" could be a live sing-along hit, with vocals that waft over the melody, "Paper Trail (Money)" finds a harder edge in a piping synth line and distant vocals.
As the record progresses, the band stay sharp, but the unity of the album begins to bleed. "Wild Coyote" is a highlight, with rattlesnake shakers and a spaghetti-western riff, but its western counterpart in the instrumental closing track "Charlie's Sheep" feels removed from the energy that The Nude Party kicked off with. Despite this, there is a sprawling synthesis in the groove-tinted, riff-centric jams that will have you waiting to see these guys live. (New West)