Nathan Wiley (PE) recruits members of Deer Tick, Los Lobos, and more to conjure up Modern Magic

Nathan Wiley conjures up Modern Magic

> STREAM: Nathan Wiley – “Heatseeker”

RIYL: Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Nick Cave

Nathan Wiley returns with 6 song EP, Modern Magic.

His most collaborative recording yet, Modern Magic features members of Halifax R&B institution the Mellotones, as well as appearances by Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), Ed Toth (The Doobie Brothers), Rob Crowell (Deer Tick), and many others.

“I never want to make the same record twice, and I started hearing this sound in my head that was less about guitars, and more about synths and horns,” said Nathan Wiley (he/him). “I was lucky enough to work with some musical friends that I’ve made throughout my career on this new record and I couldn’t be happier with the experience.”

Focus track “Heatseeker” is the story of a harmless crush on a teacher through the eyes of a young boy. The horn intro and sparse drums open the EP, and help set the tone sonically for the musical direction of the recording.

“Some of this is me in elementary school,” said Wiley. “My school seemed rough and dangerous, like a whole new world. The melody came first, and when the words started coming out, this teacher character that all the kids made up stories about appeared.”

Recorded between Halifax, NS and Summerside, PE, the new recording explores themes like magic, love, lust and narcissism. Modern Magic is out now on all platforms.

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Summerside, PE’s Nathan Wiley first earned acclaim for his 2002 debut Bottom Dollar, which won the East Coast Music Award for Alternative Album of the Year, and was chosen by Billboard Magazine as one of the top ten albums of 2002. His blend of classic sounds with a modern, slightly world weary perspective struck a chord with listeners, as songs full of subtle melodies and lyrics addressing those unquenchable yearnings inside all of us wormed their way into their ears. In the years that followed, Wiley has made good on the promise of Bottom Dollar with the ECMA-winning sophomore album High Low (2004), the Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) produced effort, The City Destroyed Me (2007), and most recently, with Bandits (2015). Nathan has shared the stage with artists like Blue Rodeo, Sarah Harmer, Steve Earle, Billy Bragg, Matt Mays, Ron Sexsmith and many more, while his work has appeared on tv, film and stage. 

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Praise for NATHAN WILEY:

“Mystery is right at the core of Wiley’s tunes, which flick at sinister details without ever giving you the whole picture. He fills in the rest with a hustling beat, a voice that often trails into shadow at the ends of lines and a leering electric guitar,”
– The Globe & Mail

“An artistic tour de force…Wiley’s songs show impressive musical scope and
lyrical maturity,” 
– Billboard Magazine

“If wickedness is this sweet, long live Nathan Wiley,” – Exclaim!

“…one of those rare CDs where every song is a winner…an early contender for
top Canadian record of the year,” 
– The Georgia Straight

“Rufus Wainwright will be thrilled to have another Y-chromosome to share his cabaret pop podium with…Nathan Wiley is less torchy and more roots-touched and rock-schooled than any spawn of famous folksingers, and he’s blessed with a beautiful achy voice, ‘70s East Village shaggy virtuosity and lackadaisical Dylanesque delivery,” – VUE Weekly

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