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Holly

by Nick Waterhouse

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'Holly' embodies the struggle of his early forays. During “This Is a Game,” Waterhouse sets up a snarly, post-surf guitar solo with a succinct statement of a cynical outlook: “This is a game / Please remember my words / And don’t get upset when you don’t get what you think you deserve.” And on the gothic-soul strut “Let It Come Down,” he meditates on the inevitability of pain. “If there’s gonna be rain tonight,” he sings in a stoic croon. “Let it come down.”
It’s clear from this material that Waterhouse is in the midst of his own becoming. He isn’t the type to let ecstasy take over, like Van Morrison, or to drawl away in a consum- mately laid-back register, like Mose Allison. In the tension between his wry lyrics and crisp arrangements, you hear the expression of a worldly skeptic who’s also—when it comes to his art—a sanctified believer. Whoever it was that Nick Waterhouse wanted to be matters less now; these days, he just sounds like himself.

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released March 4, 2014

Produced by Nick Waterhouse & Kevin Augunas

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Nick Waterhouse Los Angeles, California

Nick was born in 1986 and grew up in Huntington Beach, known predominantly for UFC, commercial surf culture, and tanning salons. He established his musical sensibili- ties in the middle of the burgeoning southern California Psych-Garage scene (Burger records, Ty Segall, McHugh’s Distillery studio) while retaining his unique perspective on the spirit of American Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll. ... more

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Track Name: This Is A Game
This is a game
I wish it wasn't so.
Before we get started
there's one thing about it
that you should know:
That this is a game
please remember my words,
and don't get upset when you don't get
what you think you deserve

This is a game
you get visions of thieves;
Watch your deck stack,
get taken back,
and turned up sleeves.
But this is a game
and those who play with skill
aren't quite saying it's do or die
but anyway, you're gonna get killed

This is a game