Austin360 On The Record: Israel Nash hits new heights on ‘Lifted’

Israel Nash celebrates the release of “Lifted” on Friday at Scoot Inn. Contributed/Rett Rogers

OUT THIS WEEK

Israel Nash, “Lifted” (Desert Folklore/Thirty Tigers). Communing with music and nature on his compound in Dripping Springs since moving from New York in 2011, Nash plays psychedelic folk-rock that feels rooted deep inside his own private universe yet still somehow wired into to the larger world around him. “Lifted” is the third record he’s made here, and it radiates with a spacey melodic grace that feels very much of the ’60s — the 1960s, yes, but perhaps the 2060s as well. Nash’s versatile core band of Joey and Aaron McClellan, Eric Swanson and Josh Fleischmann fill out his songs with full arrangements of electric and acoustic guitar, piano and organ, drums and percussion, banjo and autoharp, synths and handbells. A string quartet, three-piece horn section and harpsichord from 10 additional musicians add even more layers to the lush, lustrous vibe of “Lifted.” Lyrically, Nash often draws from the natural and mystical: “The eagle and the full moon will rise from the west soon/ Deliver me to the land of sand and stone,” he sings on the uplifting opener “Rolling On,” while on the more pensive “Hillsides,” he envisions a place “on a mountain slide where the bluebonnets ride/ Under skies of purple sea where the sould learn to speak.” There’s connections between Nash’s music and that of fellow psych/hippie locals such as Wild Child, the Black Angels and Bright Light Social Hour, but “Lifted” ultimately occupies its own plane. Release show July 27 at Scoot Inn. Here’s the video for the track “Lucky Ones”:

 Batty Jr., “Wormholes to the New Jersey Turnpike.” Full-length record from the offbeat indie quartet featuring Zeke Jarmon, Sadie Wolfe, Taylor Turner and Jeff Olson follows last year’s EP “From the Land of Insofaras.” Release show July 28 at Threadgill’s South.

Ego Deaf, “I’ll Let You Know When It Gets Weird” EP. Debut from the psychedelic-tinged quartet featuring Josh Comeaux, Dan Krause, Kasey Rebello and Justin Babineaux. Release show July 28 at Stay Gold. Here’s the track “Complicated”:

Madi Meeks, “For You” EP. The five-song debut from this 16-year-old folk-pop singer-songwriter, a finalist at this year’s Old Settler’s Music Fest youth talent competition, was produced by Nick Jay. Release show July 28 at Carousel Lounge. Here’s a recent live version of the track “Locked In”:

COMING SOON

  • AUG. 3: Kevin Galloway, “The Change” (Nine Mile), playing July 20 at Cactus Cafe, release show Aug. 3 at Continental Club.
  • AUG. 9: Ben Ballinger, “Live at the Cactus Cafe” EP, release show Aug. 9 at Cactus Cafe.
  • AUG. 10: William Clark Green, “Hebert Island,” playing Aug. 11 at River Road Ice House (New Braunfels).
  • AUG. 11: Kev Bev, “Love Lemonade,” release show Aug. 11 at Threadgill’s South.
  • AUG. 12: Brittany Shane, self-titled EP, release show Aug. 12 at Central Market Westgate.
  • AUG. 17: Joe Ely, “The Lubbock Tapes: Full Circle” (Rack ’Em).
  • AUG. 17: Nakia, “Blues Grifter,” in-store Aug. 17 at Waterloo Records, release show Aug. 18 at Saxon Pub.
  • AUG. 17: Jeremy Nail, “Live Oak,” release show Aug. 17 at Cactus Cafe.
  • AUG. 17: Blue October, “I Hope You’re Happy.”
  • AUG. 18: Phoenix Jordan, “Love Is Heaven, Love Is Hell, release show Aug. 18 at Manchaca United Methodist Church.
  • AUG. 23: Mike Schoenfeld, “Little Feet” EP, release show Aug. 23 at Kitty Cohen.
  • AUG. 24: White Denim, “Performance” (City Slang), release show Aug. 25 at Mohawk outdoor.
  • AUG. 24: Teddy Glass, “Nights and Weekends.”
  • SEPT. 5: Buhu, “Tenets.”
  • SEPT. 7: Ghostland Observatory, “See You Later Simulator,” playing Bat Fest Aug. 18.
  • SEPT. 7: Ray Bonneville, “At King Electric” (Stonefly).
  • SEPT. 7: The Mrs., “Five Minutes” EP, release show Sept. 8 at Lamberts.
  • SEPT. 14: Willie Nelson, “My Way” (Legacy).
  • SEPT. 14: Asleep at the Wheel, “New Routes.”
  • SEPT. 14: Band of Heathens, “A Message From the People Revisited.”
  • SEPT. 14: Gina Chavez, “Lightbeam” EP, release show Sept. 15 at Antone’s.
  • SEPT. 14: Johnny Goudie, “Leper Hands” EP, release show Sept. 13 at One-2-One Bar.
  • SEPT. 14: Ben Millburn, “Sunglass Moustache.”
  • SEPT. 21: Western Youth, self-titled.
  • SEPT. 21: Will Courtney, “Crazy Love” (Super Secret).
  • SEPT. 21: Jonathon Zemek, “Hillcrest.”
  • SEPT. 28: Jerry David DeCicca, “Burning Daylight” (Super Secret).
  • OCT. 5: Max Frost, “Gold Rush” (Atlantic).