Release Date: Dec 1, 2017
Record label: Tin Angel
After a couple of brilliant albums that established Nicholas Krgovich's R&B crooner bona fides once and for all, 2017's In an Open Field finds the talented singer/songwriter/composer trying something new and just as impressive. Krgovich and a large cast of friends and collaborators add some easy pop smoothness and West Coast soft rock mellowness to the songs, giving them a richly hued lushness that slowly drifts out of the speakers like clouds across a midday sky. With pedal steel player B.J.
S incerity can be difficult to fake and impossible to authenticate. Nicholas Krgovich, a Canadian indie veteran who makes crafted 60s pop, seems genuine enough, but there's something of the hotel lobby's dead air in his music, despite the son-of-the-soil lyrics. His breathy singing is equal parts Jens Lekman, Saint Etienne and Vic Reeves's club singer, which undermines the teenage existentialism of On the Main Drag but suits the wide-eyed simplicity of Country Boy ("eating plums in autumn", he coos, "that've fallen on the ground").