Arthur Nasson effectively blurs the line between Pop practitioner and Avante-Garde innovator. Few other artists could effectively express experimental ambition on such a grand scale. --M Music and Musicians
A versatile and gifted Pop eccentric. --American Songwriter Magazine
Like an unhinged Dylan hammering a jazz piano...Nasson has a great ear for a tune and seems to be willing to try anything once in order to make one, resulting in a fine burst of aural entertainment -- Americana UK
West Cambridge Cowboys is the 7th album from critically acclaimed singer-songwriter multi-instrumentalist Arthur Nasson. Compelling from start to finish, West Cambridge Cowboys is a momentum-fueled listening experience that careens through varied and uniquely realized songs and ideas. Coming into his own after college and the radical shift of the recording industry caused by the digital revolution, Nasson has established himself as one of the premier independent artists in the US and the UK. “Not becoming a cog in the corporate music world, was something that seemed negative but turned out to be the greatest gift imaginable,” says Nasson, who soon began releasing his own music on his own terms as he saw fit. Before long, MTV contacted Arthur about using his music on the station. National Public Radio (NPR) did a feature interview with him. Major newspapers, magazines, and radio stations in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, and throughout Europe all jumped in to sing the praises of Nasson. Arthur's ability to cross musical styles, and conjure new musical ideas has spanned 7 albums; each recording is saturated with its own original and distinct character.
West Cambridge Cowboys could be described as "Beatle-esque" in its scope of influences, imaginative melodic and lyrical approach, as well as its richly arranged sound. Vocal harmonies fill these songs that hint at a wide variety of stylistic influences--rock, jazz, classical, neo-soul, surrealism, experimentation, and punk if it were hijacked and produced by Phil Spector. There is a cohesive identity and original voice that clearly ties these songs together throughout the album.
Widely recognized over the last 5 albums for home recording, Nasson went into Mad Oak Recording Studio in Allston, Massachusetts to record a full Analog album (tracked and mixed), which was completed in a week with engineer Benny Grotto (Aerosmith, Ben Folds). West Cambridge Cowboys also marks the first time Arthur has not played drums on one of his albums. Arthur's young sons pitch in with Graham handling all drum tracks and Colin performing Slide and Ring Modulated Guitars, Synthesizer and Percussion on tracks #7 and #9. All other instruments, Vocals, Sounds, and Production are by Arthur Nasson.