Amos the Kid
After resisting recording studios for a half-dozen years, laid-back indie-country songsmith Amos Nadlersmith was convinced to begin recording a small collection of his vast catalogue in the fall of 2018.
“I’d never gotten around to it,” says Nadlersmith, who goes by the stage name Amos the Kid. “I didn’t know if anyone would be interested, and I was content to just play a show every once in a while. When Adam [Fuhr] asked me to come record, I thought, OK, I guess it’s time to give it a shot.”
That casual collection of recordings ultimately became Mountain View, the first release on fledgling label House of Wonders Records that some said immediately felt like a “minor Manitoba classic” (Kaelen Bell, Exclaim!). The EP’s success was far from guaranteed—in fact, Nadlersmith had assumed his effort to be doomed when the first COVID lockdowns began a month before release day. However, the new social dynamic ended up working in the favour of the release, which connected with people longing for big summer nights and small moments of human interaction. The result was a response which Nadlersmith could have never dreamed of — over 100k streams, a placement in a CBC documentary, additions to big-name Spotify playlists, and the EP’s inclusion in multiple best-of 2020 lists.
After Mountain View, Nadlersmith’s hesitancy to record dissipated and he dove into crafting a follow-up effort with a newfound sense of clarity. Arriving May 14, his sophomore EP No More New Ideas sees him following his instincts deeper while expanding his sonic pallet. His disarmingly simple earworms once again wrap emotionally agile lyrics in a sly sense of humour, this time in the service of a more focused artistic vision. Whereas Mountain View was recorded in fits and starts over two years, No More New Ideas was made in two weeks at the House of Wonders studio. The EP was again produced, engineered and mixed by Adam Fuhr (Yes We Mystic, JayWood, Virgo Rising), and mastered by Cam Loeppky (The Weakerthans, Greg MacPherson).
Nadlersmith is not shy about sharing the spotlight; he is refreshingly committed to the idea that the more people that are involved in bringing his songs to life, the better the songs become. For Ideas, he invited a revolving door of talented friends, including Jensen Fridfinnson of Yes We Mystic, Jeremy Haywood-Smith of JayWood, and Adam Soloway of Living Hour, who were given reign to bring their own sensibilities to the project.
The new EP, says Fuhr, is Nadlersmith’s best work yet.
“It was really exciting to see Amos push to expand the project’s scope,” says Fuhr. “I’m always blown away by his songwriting, but this time the songs are also built up to be sonically surprising. In the studio we were very interested in the idea of an album as capturing a moment, and were focused on making the best EP that this group of people could make at this specific moment in time.”
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