Nat Baldwin

Most Valuable Player

by Aarik Danielsen

4 May 2008

 

One of the most important figures in jazz history, Charles Mingus made his name by adroitly transforming the double bass into a prominent, melodic instrument. Though exploring different stylistic territory, New Hampshire native Nat Baldwin similarly features the double bass, employing it as a primary means of accompaniment for his quasi-avant-garde dabbling in chamber pop, folk and indie genres. With a delicate, ethereal voice and a knack for creating dramatic combinations of tones, Baldwin’s tunes sound like a more tripped-out take on the work of artists like Ryan Groff or Jeff Buckley, with whom he’s been compared. Tracks like “The Felled Trees”, “De-attached”, and “Lake Erie” showcase both the best of Baldwin and the most complete examples of his sound. Baldwin receives major points for style and innovation, but occasionally does so at the expense of tunefulness and palatability. One set of values doesn’t have to be shelved to make room for another and when Baldwin’s work consistently recognizes this, his talent should have an even greater chance for display.

Most Valuable Player

Rating:

Topics: nat baldwin
//related
We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong on the Internet. Please consider a donation to support our work. We are a wholly independent, women-owned, small company. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing, challenging times where costs have risen and advertising has dropped precipitously. PopMatters needs your help to keep publishing. Thank you.


//comments
//Mixed media
//Blogs

Call for Music Writers... Hip-Hop, Soul, Electronic, Rock, Indie, Americana, Jazz, World and More

// Announcements

"PopMatters is looking for smart music writers. We're looking for talented writers with deep genre knowledge of music and its present and…

READ the article