Song Review: Nathaniel Paul – “The World We’re Living In”

Amidst the vast expanse of singer-songwriter dominions, Nathaniel Paul’s “The World We’re Living In” stands out as an emblematic representation of contemporary folk artistry. The song, resonating with the natural charm of The Bergamot, with whom Nathaniel has toured, offers a comforting blend of warm acoustics and heartfelt lyricism.

The first strum of his classical guitar background makes its presence known, grounding the track in familiar territory for folk enthusiasts. Yet, it’s the modern influences, reminiscent of greats like Tame Impala and Mac Demarco as noted by Glide Magazine, that give the song its unique sonic layering. The evocative lyricism touches on a universal sentiment, one of abrupt change and the powerlessness that can come with it. These themes have perhaps never been more relevant, capturing a collective sentiment felt worldwide.

A palpable reverence for his craft is evident as Paul’s voice harmoniously intertwines with his harmonica’s melancholic tones. The recurring chorus, “Oh-oh-oh, It’s a funny world that we’re living in,” bears the weight of both resignation and wonder—acknowledging life’s unpredictable journey yet marveling at its whimsicality. It’s a refrain that stays with the listener, prompting a reflection on the quirks and quandaries of existence.

Recorded in Sedona, AZ—a place known for its spiritual energy—the ambiance of the location seems to seep into the song’s soul. There’s a feeling of natural alignment in Paul’s work, like each chord progression was destined, each lyric preordained. The accompanying video, shot on a casual day in NYC, mirrors the song’s sentiment. The juxtaposition of various elements of life, as Paul mentioned, only amplifies the lyrical narrative, presenting a mosaic of urban life in all its unpredictability.

As a follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut “Learning to Listen,” Nathaniel Paul has set the bar even higher. “The World We’re Living In” is not just a song; it’s an exploration, a journey through the highs and lows of human experience. With his sophomore album “Turpentine” on the horizon and the promising release of The Bergamot’s documentary, it’s clear that Paul’s star is on the ascent. For now, listeners can take solace in this thoughtfully crafted song, finding their own reflections in its mirrored verses.

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