Genre-defying songwriter Nat Osborn might be an eclectic musician who dabbles in tons of different styles, but his new album “The King And The Clown,” created along with his band, The Nat Osborn Band, brings a big orchestral sound to pop music.
Osborn, a native of New York, has a dedicated following both in the States and in Europe. The artist, who describes himself as a “funky Rufus Wainright,” has been writing music and leading bands for over 10 years. But in the middle of 2011, Osborn put aside all of his various bands and projects in order to make a dream come true–marrying huge sound with 21st century sensibilities. Along with producer Alex Bilowitz (Jose James, Diane Birch, Leighton Meester), Osborn was able to create “The King And The Clown.”
Here’s more abut Osborn and The Nat Osborn Band:
“The Nat Osborn Band took shape as a seven-piece band with a three-piece horn section. The band is a group of prodigious young talents, some of whom had already played with the likes of Paul Simon, Wynton Marsalis, Ludacris, and members of Soulive. With this ensemble, he achieved his goal of combining strong composition with improvisational elements, and matching catchy, expressive songwriting with a powerhouse live performance.
The Nat Osborn Band seamlessly blends elements of rock, reggae, funk, pop, and even klezmer and jazz, creating thrilling new sounds. The songs on “The King and the Clown” range across multiple topics as well as styles. Many of the songs reflect social and political issues with a sense of “paradise lost” that typify the generation that came of age post-9-11 though Osborn’s romantic personal side is also reflected in songs of longing, lost love, and hopeless attraction.”
Take a look at the music video for one of the album’s singles, “Fire in the Wind,” below. “The King And The Clown” will be released March 28.