Andy Nolte releases LP


Andy Nolte’s debut solo album is chock full of the goods. Nolte is a professional touring keyboardist, guitarist, bassist, singer, and songwriter residing in Austin, TX. Hailing from Corpus Christi TX, he is a self-taught player born into a family full of musicians. His eclectic tastes span many genres as do his musical influences. Nolte started performing in bands in C.C. TX when he was just a teenager, and he’s worked in rock, jazz, folk, cabaret, R&B, soul, country, cumbia, afrobeat, and pop projects on the stage and in the studio since 1997. The music on – Tied To A String, is nothing short of brilliant.

What you hear as the-end result of this record is mostly in the jazz, folk and rock categories, in that order. But there are some other influences and textures to spice it up just a little on what is otherwise a slow grooving and very storytelling album in which the songs do the talking in proper order. “Europa Tide” leads the ebbs and flows with a time capsule of a song. This is a fantastic number by which most can be measured in today’s musical landscape. It has everything and that’s likely the reason it was chosen to start the album off, but if you listen very closely it’s also one of the most intricate songs on the release.

The rest of the songs are like gravy on the top of such a starkly arranged song, and that is putting it mildly. It just flows so delicately from one end to the other it’s hard to believe it’s only Nolte’s first solo album because it sounds like he’s been doing it all his life but to be honest he’s been at music since he was a teenager. It shows beginning with the excellent “Kiss Me” with all the aforementioned-bells and whistles. Nolte gets downright romantic and descriptive on this song, but then it never stops, as you will hear. This track goes down as one of several favorites on the album.

“L.A. Can Wait” is one of the more energized tracks with a fun atmosphere to it, and it just bubbles along nicely into the next track. The epic “Tied To A String” gets the spotlight as another favorite and it tends to speak for itself in its place on the album. And the jazzy undertones cannot be dismissed as they dominate with a shadow presence on every song, but you get an instant ring of it on “How Can I” with its obvious jazz leanings. But Nolte tells a story that draws you in like no other, and it’s written all over this one as much as the others and is where things get undeniably awesome.

Every turn has something mellow and smooth to enjoy, and “Take A Trip” and “These Days” go together like wine and cheese. Nolte mentions high stakes and volcanic isles on the latter which is one of the more creative lyrical moments. It’s easy to fall for everything on this, so taking the time is most recommended, as you’ll also agree on “Safe In My Dreams” and the closing greatness of “Synecdoche” which proceeds to assault the senses in the best of ways.


Sebastian Cole