About Nova Albion
The quartet's early years was a time of intense experimentation, exploring their interpersonal chemistry and forging a cohesive sound. They wrote collectively, with songs evolving almost wholly from jams. They emerged from seclusion calling themselves Music for Animals and spent the next seven years writing, recording and touring. During that time, they released several albums, slowly moving away from the free form excursions of their early days to a more focused pop sound. The songs on Nature show the band taking their craft to a more emotional place and become the soundtrack for their new beginning.
On the Nature EP, the quartet¹s superb musicianship and dedication to the art of songwriting is obvious. "Bones Will Grow" opens the record with a rush of big, chiming guitars and Martinovich's soulful wail that explodes into a soaring inspirational chorus. A powerful funk/rock beat and delicate pizzicato strings introduce "City Streets," a love song that describes the tension between passion and paranoia that many lovers face in the modern, technologically driven world. A slippery descending guitar line introduces "Don't Forget My Name," a pop confection dealing with the familiar theme of infidelity. Martinovich's vocals achingly harmonize in the chorus, a plea for reconciliation that goes unheard as the relationship slowly sputters out. The epic "To the Ocean" closes the set with an intense meditation on the struggle to find meaning within the inherent limitations of life. Quiet, twinkling keyboards and subtle shimmering guitar arpeggios alternate with a thumping backbeat that drives the music to a jarring conclusion of cacophonous guitar noise.
"To us, Nature represents impermanence, the struggle of making painful decisions and living with those realities and the desire to not be forgotten," Bray says. "We chose the title because we can't get away from nature. Our method of writing works best when we're not speaking, but relying on the non verbal, abstract nature of playing music together."