Beaver Nelson

'Macro/Micro'

Texas Platters

Beaver Nelson

Macro/Micro (Freedom)

Beaver Nelson tries the multimedia approach and succeeds wildly. Macro/Micro is available both as a CD and DVD, and as such can be one long suite of songs or a nearly hour-long music video. Either way, it's Nelson's most daring work, retaining his trademark roots jangle, but also gathering moments of psychedelic intensity and chilling isolation. Visually, the DVD is a mishmash of images, sometimes related to song lyrics, other times altered to curious effect. While both "... Your Impending Doom" (a car ride up what appears to be MoPac) and the oddly celebratory "Funerals" boast inventive images, filmmaker Stephen Henderson captures Nelson's wiry essence, ranging from simple and childlike to mysterious, electrified, and twitchy. Rambunctious "Your Subconscious Does the Dirty Work" and haunting "I Wish That I Was Missing You Again" stand among Nelson's best songs. Kudos for both bravery and delivery.

****

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Beaver Nelson
Texas Platters
Beaver Nelson
Positive (Record Review)

Jim Caligiuri, Sept. 9, 2016

Off the Record
Off the Record
Music News

Austin Powell, Feb. 5, 2010

More Music Reviews
Review: Holy Wave, <i>Five of Cups</i>
Review: Holy Wave, Five of Cups
Five of Cups (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, Sept. 1, 2023

Review: The Bright Light Social Hour, <i>Emergency Leisure</i>
Review: The Bright Light Social Hour, Emergency Leisure
Emergency Leisure (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, Aug. 4, 2023

More by Jim Caligiuri
Carrie Elkin’s Life-and-Death Folk
Carrie Elkin’s Life-and-Death Folk
Her father's death and daughter's birth upped the stakes of the singer's finest work

April 14, 2017

SXSW Music Live: Richard Barone Presents Greenwich Village in the Sixties
SXSW Music Live: Richard Barone Presents Greenwich Village in the Sixties
Soft Boys, Youngbloods, Moby Grape, Brian Jones’ grandson, etc.

March 18, 2017

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Beaver Nelson

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Keep up with happenings around town

Kevin Curtin's bimonthly cannabis musings

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle