"Nick Batterham’s self-recorded and produced sophomore album has a lot to say, sweeping from themes of self-deprecation, to optimism, to confusion, to self-exploration. Themes are easily detected due to his ability to change his vocal sound to convey emotion: soft and delicate for Out Of Control, controlled and assured for Tall And Pretty. The duet between Batterham and Amaya Laucirica for Own Worst Enemy is a stunning demonstration of his songwriting abilities, while the echoing effects of Last Point highlight his production prowess – a full and rewarding journey.' Jazmine O’Sullivan - themusic.com.au
13th August 2013
"Inventive, moody and engaging..." - Dave Stevens - The Age, 30th August 2013
Closing Time At Yah Yah's is the follow up to Nick Batterham's critically acclaimed 2010 solo debut Second Lovers. Picking up where the debut left off, the album bristles with spiky observations and stark self-realisations. Thematically, the album describes the reluctant, yet inevitable end to a period of excess. A mournful acknowledgement of damage caused, tempered by a sense of hope and a romantic faith in love.
"For all my friends that I pushed aside
To the girls that I can't look in the eye
Help me wash my hands and be free
Because I'm worried how you'll remember me" - Help Me Do Right This Time
The often confessional tone begs the listener for support and forgiveness. Closing Time At Yah Yah's sparkles with a beauty found only in broken things.
"You came in with a love for me that I didn't understand
I was out of control" - Out Of Control
Despite the self-doubt, there is precision and confidence in its expression. The genre defying production is warm and intimate; sparse instrumentation drenched in transformers and valves.
For over 20 years, Nick has been a central figure in bands such as Blindside, The Earthmen and Cordrazine. His record production experience has once again been applied to his own music, with this release self-recorded and mixed. Guest musicians include members of Cordrazine, The Earthmen and The Hello Morning. There is also a heart-breaking duet with Amaya Laucirica, titled Own Worst Enemy.
"Heaven on earth, that's all I ask
Endless future, invisible past
Stable and true, the first and the last
Heaven on earth, that's all I ask." - Love Is A Dream
The tension between optimism and pessimism dramatically underscores the album. The songs are charming and pretty, transcending the darkness at their core to become objects of great beauty. Closing Time At Yah Yah's is the perfect album for the end of winter and the dawn of spring.
"The night was divine, but the day, no such matter" - Tall And Pretty
When morning slaps you in the face, it is... Closing Time At Yah Yah's.