Israel Nash – Topaz

Drawing inspiration from a number of genres (Americana, Soul, Rock, Prog-rock) Topaz sits at the two extremes of what a great album can symbolise and achieve – connection to past albums which have influenced our sense of self, and an introduction to a world of new sounds and possibilities.

Removing itself from the ever-narrowing world of sub-genres, Topaz takes big ideas and mixes them with an incredible palette of musicianship.  Opener Dividing Lines, somehow the offspring of Pink Floyd’s ‘The great gig in the sky’ and Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s happening brother’ showcases an album that is equal parts soulful vocals, intricate guitar playing, layered orchestral moments and acoustic stillness.  A total masterpiece in vision and execution.