Wistful Folk Pop from Los Angeles Out Now on Random Harvest Records. - N. Kerbin: Black and Blue
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posted 30 Aug 2021 by Krister Axel
As we move forward, we forget the pain, and over time there’s real sweetness attached to those memories.

N. Kerbin — Nathaniel Wesley Fenton House Kerbin — is a Poughkeepsie-born and Virginia-bred songwriter based in Los Angeles by way of Brooklyn. His latest track "Black and Blue" pairs warm and atmospheric folk textures with tender vocals, creating a dreamy sonic experience of equal parts nostalgia and melancholy. A deeply personal lyrical intimacy draws the listener in to Nate’s world of struggle and triumph, as we explore the kind of summer relationships that burn up quickly in a frenzy of desire and opportunism.

In the moment, nothing feels more important than the other person – and when they fade away, it’s physically painful. But as we move forward, we forget the pain, and over time there’s real sweetness attached to those memories. "Black and Blue" explores this paradox of wistful trauma with a complex alchemy of layered acoustic guitar, swirling electronic ephemera, and a vocal mix that puts the raw, honest emotion front and center. Out now on Random Harvest Records, N. Kerbin's latest single delivers a beautiful retrospective of lost love and lessons learned.

He got lost in the glow of the summer
Sitting on a riverbank taking on water
Heard her name in the rolling thunder
Looked her in the eyes in wonder
And wondered why, oh why
He let himself fall a little bit faster when he was young
Into the open arms of just about anyone
He let himself fall a little bit harder
Til black and blue he hung the moon
And carried on

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Krister Bjornson Axel

Ogdensburg, New York

Paris, France. Madison, Wisconsin. Los Angeles. Ashland, Oregon. Ottawa. I write music, I write about music, and I write code. See also: photography, prose, podcasting. I have 1 gorgeous wife, 2 amazing kids, and many interests.


Recent Awards: 2020 ND (Photo) Honorable Mention, 2020 Accenti Writing Contest Finalist