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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