On November 20, Nathaniel Talbot will release his fourth full-length album, Swamp Rose and Honeysuckle Vine, via Fluff and Gravy Records. To celebrate, we are offering the single “Before There Was Blue” as a FREE DOWNLOAD while we count down the days to the album’s official release.
Nathaniel discusses the inspiration for the song… “Over the course of several weeks, I came across a variety of different articles, news pieces, and podcasts all investigating the role of language in shaping our minds and the way we see the world around us. I became fascinated by how our words, a non-material, purely sonic medium, could physically change our brains, and wanted to explore it more in a song. Years ago, as a budding naturalist, i began to realize that by simply learning the names of certain birds and plants it became easier to spot them along the trail, as if those words helped pull the particular subject from the backdrop and into focus. The names, despite seeming rather arbitrary, helped me to categorize and make sense of an otherwise dizzyingly complex world around me. In this tune i play around with how our childlike, pre-word brain may have interpreted the world.”
If you like what you hear, you can order the cd or digital album here