ALBUM REVIEW: Nathan Burton – Penny Racer

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I used to follow Nathan’s music quite closely when I was in my late teens/early twenties, I had most of his early demos and bought his brilliant debut 7″ single ‘It’s hard to sell your home (when its part of a chain)’. Nathan Burton is a singer/songwriter originally from Wrexham, Wales but has since moved away. I was fortunate enough to catch him live a couple of times and his shows were always effortless and intimate affairs. So it was to my dismay, after Nathan began to garner some attention from supporting such acts as The Coral and John Squire that he disappeared from the music scene and seemingly music all together.

In October 2013, out of the blue, a friend of mine told me that Nathan had written, recorded and produced his debut full length album. That album is Penny Racer and it has most definitely been worth the wait.

The album draws from a number of influences, from The Beatles-esque ‘#260’ to the Syd Barrett-like cockney swagger of the ‘Andrew Ball’. For me, Nathan shines brightest on his stripped back acoustic songs; ‘How are you?’, ‘Another Day (La La La)’ and the beautiful ‘Chinese Laundry’ being my personal highlights.

Nathan Burton is a fantastic songwriter and his debut album deserves a lot more attention than it’s getting but the musician seems to have very little online presence, a rarely used Twitter account is the only way to keep up with his latest endeavours.  So, get yourself a brew and spend a little time getting familiar with Penny Racer, you won’t regret it.

You can purchase/stream Penny Racer here and you can follow Nathan on Twitter here.

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