Following a shrewd side hustle for which he didn't have to lift a finger -- Ofenbach's 2017 club remix of Never Twice single "Katchi" flung him to the top of pop charts across Europe -- Nick Waterhouse gets back to business with his self-titled fourth album. The singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer receives sympathetic co-production from Paul Butler, known most for work with Michael Kiwanuka and St. Paul & the Broken Bones, while his support comes from a mix of sure-handed musicians familiar and new to his sessions, plus vital longtime backing vocalists Roberta Freeman and Carol Hatchett.
Nick Waterhouse knows his retro sounds well enough that he doesn't have to merely imitate them. Over four albums, he writes, performs and arranges with an intention both designed to nod at the '50s and '60s stylists he reveres while also subverting them. His best songs don't arrive with a thick coat of dust, but bristle with an instability that feels very much about now.