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    Mon, 30 Apr 2012 09:53:19

    Listen to Nick Africano's "Bring Me Water" - It's the debut single from "The Butterfly Bull"

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    Introducing…Nick Africano.

    We want you to listen to Nick Africano's "Bring Me Water" from The Butterfly Bull below.

    Oh, here's more info.

    The Butterfly Bull is a story about collaborations and the exploration of contradictions. About baseball and art. Love and loss. Dark yet hopeful. And it's a story about singer/songwriter Nick Africano's ability to pair some of the best elements of folk and soul with superb storytelling and raw passion. Mmm hmm. That's why we like Nick A.

    The album's roots date back to over seven years ago; the direct result of ideas Africano developed while studying the poetry of Federico Garía Lorca, and later composing "The Poetics of Contradiction," his college thesis paper. The ideas behind the album further materialized five years later, when, knowing Africano's passion for all things Spanish, his friend Peter returned from a trip to Spain with the perfect gift: a journal with a drawing of "el toro mariposa" (the butterfly bull) by painter Francisco de Goya, on the cover. "That little gift resulted in my best work to date," said Africano.

    Led by Africano's deep rustic voice, and featuring folk and blues sounds, The Butterfly Bull captures the intensity and ambition of an artist intent on making his mark. Africano's rough vocals are sometimes spoken as much as sung, in a Tom Waits meets Bob Dylan style, with lyrics inspired by some of the greats: Federico García Lorca, Faulkner, Joyce and Hemingway. And then there's Sam Cooke. "I'm inspired by his seemingly effortless delivery in his singing and his annunciation. It's perfect. I could listen to Sam Cooke all day every day."

    Also, if you want more Nick A., here's the third "making of" for The Butterfly Bull, which, when you think about it, is quite a creature. Float like a butterfly, charge like a bull, to distort a classic Muhammad Ali phrase.

    Watch it below.



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    —Katie Sheehan
    04.30.12



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