Nick Mul­vey

Wake Up Now

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Stir­ring sec­ond solo al­bum from one-time Por­tico Quar­tet mem­ber. Af­ter play­ing sil­very per­cus­sion in­stru­ment the Hang with mod­ern jazz en­sem­ble Por­tico Quar­tet, Nick Mul­vey com­pacted his mu­sic into block­ier, more tra­di­tional singer-song­writer shapes with 2014’s solo de­but First Mind. Wake Up Now is the next stage in the re­sult­ing David Gray re­boot, his whole­some cold-pressed songs spiked with wheat­grass elec­tron­ics and earnest sta­teof-the-globe philosophis­ing. The hu­mane, mul­ti­lay­ered nar­ra­tive of Myela, his ad­mirable char­ity sin­gle for Help Refugees UK, is his clear­est state­ment of in­tent; there’s also a ref­er­ence to frack­ing on We Are Never Apart, while Trans­form Your Game (We Re­main) or Moun­tain To Move call for ac­tive en­light­en­ment. How much con­scious­ness can be raised by songs that oc­ca­sion­ally sound like Jim O’Rourke rein­ter­pret­ing Danc­ing In The Moon­light or a busker’s Bon Iver is open to ques­tion, but at least Wake Up Now lifts its voice in protest dur­ing tur­bu­lent times, ris­ing even when it doesn’t quite shine.

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