Justin Nozuka

“Run To Waters”

(Glassnote Records); (Singer/songwriter)

By ​Phil ​Bennett

It’s been four years since Justin Nozuka released his lovely Ulysses album and listening to his sweetly soulful voice again is like bumping into a long lost friend.

Opening with the folk whimsy of No Place In Mind, the years just melt away, along with all your troubles, if you just sit back and let it take you to wherever it’s going.

Glued together by a simple, heartfelt style, a voice that whispers softly behind your ears and a knack for ear tickling melodies, Run To Waters really is a gorgeous journey.

Produced by Chris Bond and sounding like it was recorded in a log cabin where the hearth is always warm and the marshmallows toasty, this is an album to clear your mind with.

There’s a bit of Paul Simon here, a dash of Ryan Adams there, and all through it is a gentle touch in both instrumentation and vocal styling, that is absolutely delightful.

The way the guitar picking weaves back into Aurora, the mysterious keyboard lines that waft through Bayou, the heartbeat pulse of Laury – deft, subtle touches that add to their already charming execution.

This is a light, misty album that reveals its treasures quietly over time, making for a marvellously mellow listen.

The kind of album that can be heard time and again.

Warm and ethereal.

​Phil ​Bennett

Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.