Nick Thorburn is more confident in his craft which is evident in his back to basics approach. Thorburn's candor does not mean he has lost any of his trademark catchifisity (prolific catchiness). For Canadian born Thorburn, A Sleep & A Feeling comes out between Lincoln and Washington's birthdays, which is fitting because it might be Island’s Jay Treaty or even Emancipation Proclamation.
On Rodrigo y Gabriela's new release, Area 52, the duo is joined by a 13-piece Cuban musical collective known as C.U.B.A.. Although Area 52 is the twosome’s first studio collaboration with other musicians, the record contains no new material as all nine tracks are rearrangement’s of Rodrigo y Gabriela’s previous works. For those playing at home, Area 52’s final track “Tamacun” previously appeared on Rodrigo y Gabriela’s 2006 self titled album, 2008’s Live at Japan, and 2011’s Live in France.