nuanced nomadics from nurses
  • TUESDAY, AUGUST 04, 2009

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It seems that innovative, strangely pretty bands are always crawling out of the lush Portland forests. The latest of these is Nurses. The vocals, harmonies, and psychedelic pop elements make them a dead ringer for Yeasayer, but occasional whistling and simpler, organic textures give them a woodsy, Bowerbirds-like feeling. As a result, the outfit is creating music that's instantly appealing, catchy, and just begging to be listened to again and again.

Since Yeasayer hasn't released anything since 2007's All Hour Cymbals, Nurses' upcoming Apple Acre will just have to do. Anticipation is high. Now it can be Nurses who accompany me on whimsical adventures, Nurses who come along on cinematic walks under rainy skies, Nurses who take me away from the grime of the city and to an exotic, enchanted wonderland of enormous caterpillars, technicolor tinted trees, where flora and fauna join together for captivating tribal dances.

Apple Acre should prove the band capable of shrugging off comparisons and creating a cohesive, personal sound. But even if it doesn't, it will definitely be worth listening to. Not to mention, they're touring super hard and their live show should be several kinds of mesmerizing. In "Technicolor," they repeatedly sing, "I can make it if I wish," and if such positive thinking worked for an intrepid train engine and an unexpected presidential candidate, it should certainly work for a charming band from Oregon. It's a classic travel song that sounds like endless roads at dusk, slow burning campfires, and all the nomadic appeal of a satisfying journey. Check out the MP3 after the jump.- Nina Mashurova

Nurses on Tour


Aug 6 - Holocene Record Release - Portland, Oregon
Aug 23 - Empyrean Coffee House - Spokane, Washington
Aug 26 - 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Aug 27 - Courtyard Cafe - Urbana, Illinois
Aug 28 - Annex - Madison
Aug 29 - Subterranean - Chicago, Illinois
Sep 1 - Middle East Upstairs - Cambridge, Massachusetts
Sep 2 - Mercury Lounge - New York, New York
Sep 3 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sep 4 - Rock and Roll Hotel - Washington DC, Washington DC
Sep 5 - Duke Coffeehouse - Durham, North Carolina
Sep 7 - Drunken Unicorn - Atlanta, Georgia
Sep 8 - club downunder - Tallahassee, Florida
Sep 10 - the Mohawk - Austin, Texas
Sep 12 - cavern ale house - Dallas, Texas
Sep 14 - Modified - phoenix, Arizona
Sep 16 - UCSD - la jolla, California
Sep 18 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, Oregon
Sep 22 - vera project - Seattle, Washington
Sep 23 - media club - Vancouver, British Columbia
Oct 9 - Ottobar - Baltimore, Maryland
Oct 10 - KFN - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Oct 13 - TT the bears - Boston, Massachusetts
Oct 14 - II Motore - Montreal, Quebec
Oct 15 - drake hotel - Toronto, Ontario
Oct 16 - Schubas - Chicago, Illinois
Oct 17 - 7th st entry - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Oct 18 - slowdown - Omaha, Nebraska
Oct 19 - hi dive - Denver, Colorado
Oct 20 - Kirby court - Salt Lake City, Utah
Oct 22 - tbd - Vancouver, British Columbia
Oct 23 - chop suey - Seattle, Washington
Oct 24 - tbd - Bellingham, Washington
Oct 25 - doug fir - Portland, Oregon
Oct 27 - bottom of the hill - San Francisco, California
Oct 28 - the echo - Los Angeles, California
Oct 29 - Detroit bar - Costa mesa, California
Oct 30 - casaba - san Diego, California
Oct 31 - the plush - Tucson, Arizona
Nov 2 - Mohawk - Austin, Texas
Nov 3 - the cavern - Dallas, Texas
Nov 5 - drunken unicorn - Atlanta, Georgia
Nov 6 - local 506 - chapel hill, North Carolina
Nov 7 - black cat - Washington dc, Washington DC

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Nurses on Myspace
MP3: Nurses - Technicolor

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