Today we're incredibly excited to bring you an exclusive stream of To Us, The Beautiful - the fantastic new album from Franz Nicolay.
A more traditional record than it's predecessor - 2012's rather experimental Do The Struggle - To Us The Beautiful still maintains all of the scope and grandeur we've come to expect from a Franz Nicolay full-length. The vast soundscapes remain, woven from threads of folk, punk, indie and rockabilly, resulting in twelve diverse backdrops upon which grand, theatrical and occasionally eccentric stories are told.
And stories are exactly what these songs are. Each track paints a vivid picture in your mind, all of them incredibly detailed and derived from the experiences Franz has had travelling the world plying his trade. From the album's opening line, cribbed from an odd Ukrainian toast, to the wonder of a strange Texan phenomenon and the nods to the theatre and vaudeville that we were first introduced to on his debut solo release.
A multi-talented multi-instrumentalist with a knack for poetry and finding a great story in seemingly any situation, Franz Nicolay is the complete songwriter and To Us, The Beautiful is undoubtedly the first great record of 2015.
Listen to it below:
To Us The Beautiful is set for release on January 19th via Xtra Mile Recordings.