Today, we’re excited to give an exclusive first listen to the debut EP from up-and-coming Kansas City musician Nathan Jurries. Gap Year is a six-song collection of quirky indie that was entirely composed using just Nathan’s acoustic guitar, keyboard, and voice. Always with the assistance of his trusty looper pedal.
Despite the entire EP wrapping up just after 18 minutes, Jurries manages to squeeze in an impressive amount of creativity and influences.
“Coral” is a soulful pop cut with a synth that has a hint of 70’s acid jazz about it. “Origami” pairs a bluesy guitar link with unusual vocal affects into a fun nonsense song. “Be A Man” is acoustic funk with a message. “Peace Corps” channels synth pop, while “To The Forest” harnesses modern folk, and “Dumplings” is an upbeat summery pop track to close the record out.
Nathan’s musical journey began as a founding member of American Slim, who released their full length album, Irreplaceable, in 2017. This group, along with musical theatre in high school, allowed Nathan to expand upon his performance capabilities and showmanship. In the beginning of 2018, Nathan began using a loop station to create new songs and perform solo. Within a week, his performances already wowed listeners in various open mics and has since been performing in shows around Kansas City and beyond.