Waterstrider are definitely one of those bands you keep rooting for. A mainstay in the Berkeley co-op scene in the last handful of years, the band’s sound has grown and matured with them. Central to the band’s vision is Nate Salman, who, as the project’s founder and core member, channels his emotion through captivating falsetto and lushly sparse accompaniment. Because they’ve been such an enduring band on the scene, it feels like they’re so deserving of this new development: Waterstrider has signed to 30th Century Records (helmed by prolific producer Danger Mouse) and will release their much-anticipated debut Nowhere Now on August 12th.
The first video on Waterstrider’s newly minted Vevo account is an acoustic version of the album’s title track, “Nowhere Now,” and Salman thrives in the simplicity of the set-up. Shot by Tom Corello in Los Angeles’ Sound Factory, the slightly washed-out quality of the video plays on the contemplative, almost wistful mood of the song. The ache in Salman’s voice is immediately apparent, and he carries through the song with dynamic fervor. If anyone could, it makes sense that he has mastered the art of the acoustic ballad: From loud to soft and loud again, playing up with the volume yields to poignant, emotional results. You can watch the video below.