Exclusive Music Video Premiere: “Sitting On Top Of The World” – Supremely Delicious Blues From The NaveBlues
The NaveBlues release “Sitting On Top Of The World” today, a cover of the country blues tune by Walter Vinson and Lonnie Chatmon, recorded in 1930 and, in 2008, entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Hailing from Norway, The NaveBlues blend elements from rock, indie, funk, alt rock and the blues into a flavor of blues rock that’s inspired by the past, but predicated on the future.
The front man for The NaveBlues is Nave Pundik, whose talent on the harmonica is nonpareil. Pundik manipulates his instrument with the precision of the schemes of forgotten monomaniacs, providing entirely new sonic vistas for aural pleasure and emotional speculation.
“Sitting On Top Of The World” begins with a crawling, howling harmonica that puts listeners’ insides in the grip of full winter, followed by a rich, dusky tenor oozing a concentrated blues flavor that’s cogent enough to interpose a sheen of perspiration on your forehead. A rambling, bluesy piano drives the nastily effortless melody, as Pundik’s thick seeping vocals exude an unctuous oily essence, piercing the listener’s diaphragm with an odd tickle of emotion, centered somewhere in the lungs. When Pundik’s harmonica again wails, it’s like something at once noun and verb, an embedded richly opulent, yet raw and savage simmering sound, that approaches the vampiric, sucking the life from your body.
Pundik’s rendition of the lyrics exude a stochastic resonance deploying a wildly exotic blues complexity that’s big, with a sensual, more alive than alive sonic projection rife with desolation and woe.
“One summer day / She ran away / She’s gone and left me / She’s gone to stay / Yes, now she’s gone / But I can’t worry / Cuz I’m a sittin’ on top of the world / Had worked all summer / I had worked the fall / I had worked the Christmas / In my white overalls / Yes, now she’s gone / But I can’t worry / Cuz I’m sittin’ on top of the world.”
Candidly, The NaveBlues’ version of “Sitting On Top Of The World” blew me away. Listening to Pundik’s moaning, keening harmonica is equivalent to hearing fierce annular shock waves spinning about your ears. It approaches a religious ecstatic experience.
The video amalgamates classical ballet with a thrumming, insistent blues melody, providing a sublime aural and visual nexus of music and dance. A ballerina sits in an empty dance hall, waiting for inspiration. Nave Pundik’s objective is to arouse the ballerina to gracious, elegant movement. As she lingers, anticipating the music, Nave’s harmonica breaks the eloquent silence, searing the atmosphere, triggering the ballerina to dance.
On the one hand, the video is austere and starkly bleak; on the other hand, it emanates a cool and proto-punk feel that’s gorgeously surreal.
I say without any doubt or hesitation The NaveBlues have it going on! The molten, delicious braying of the harmonica and the sinuous piano provide a wickedly sensuous melody. And Pundik’s miraculous voice seethes with exhaustion and tribulation. Frankly, if you miss this song, you’re doing yourself a supreme disservice.
Review by Skye W. Winwood
Who ya gonna call? Well, Nave Pundik apparently. Already capturing us with their atmospheric track ‘Possess You’, the band are now haunting the music scene once more with their song ‘The Ghost Collector’ from the self-titled album, The NaveBlues.
A quick refresh: The NaveBlues are a four person Norwegian band carried on a wave of heavy drum beats, electrifying guitar and rocking harmonica playing. Akin to Led Zeppelin and Creedence Clearwater Revival, their album is filled to the brim with phenomenally talented tracks consisting of both instrumental pieces and ones featuring Nave’s resonating vocals.
Nave is slowly turning himself into the Pied Piper of the harmonic, once again blowing everyone away with his insane talent with the instrument. ‘The Ghost Collector’ tells a narrative without words of one man and his harmonic on a crusade to rid the world of unruly spirits. A narrative you can feel a personal connection with after listening to the track once because it’s a jaunty, jarring track that will have you breaking that replay button. A little more upbeat than ‘Possess You’, ‘The Ghost Collector’ is a fast paced, unrelenting instrumental piece with an underlying discord of chaos descending further and further into The NaveBlues classic rock blues world.
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Listening to your music my top five are; Sitting On Top Of The World which has a lot of soul, especially in the lyrics. The Ghost Collector is a great song to feel energized and start the day. Sexy Kiss is well…very sexy and daring, it’s a fun song to listen to. Early in the Morning showcases your bands talent and ability the best, I think. However, my favorite has to be Possess You. The song is smooth, flawless, and perfect in every possible way. There is a wonderful balance of instrumental, harmonica solo, and singing. The pause in the music video adds so much to the feel of the moment, it’s very easy to get lost in the passion embedded within. Thank you for sharing, it was a pleasure and privilege to listen.
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Fons Delemarre (translated from Dutch)
Nave Pundik is frontman and figurehead of the quirky Norwegian bluesband The NaveBlues . Beaten paths are not spent on him and his band. But music that has a long, colorful history (aka Blues) shake a bit and put a pepper in her ass is all the more his thing. To begin with, the sound of the band. Reverb, reverb and grand production are apparently available in Norway, because from the first note onwards the harmonica of Pundik sounds like a ship horn and that steamer does not stop until the last song is played out.
Inspired by Little Walter Pundik subtly (sometimes) and he does his best to brutally (regularly) curving the membranes of his harmonica. Musical references? Maybe the album ‘Something Real’ by Storm Warning or the albums by Smokehouse . One thing is certain: The Naveblues sets the bar high for itself.
Anyone who wants to take part in looking for new blues roads should definitely try to jump over that bar together with NaveBlues. My advice: do it!
Keywords: Ambitious. Not afraid of the duvel. Innovative. Artistic. Quirky. Original. Playful. Serious. Also special are the videos that The NaveBlues makes. Sometimes a trip to Mars ( Thank You ), sometimes ( Sexy Kiss) a story about a mysterious box (sender Little Walter) intended for a girl who is then fiercely dragged along by the harmonica in the box. Another clip shows us a beautiful ballet dancer who captures the music (a cover of Sitting On Top Of The World ) compellingly.
Pretentious? Maybe, but intriguingly beautiful. Incidentally, The NaveBlues is not recommended for hardened blues purists ….
The Nave Blues hail from Bergen, Norway and are fronted by the multi-talented Vocalist/Harmonica player Nave Pudnik. a man that aims “intention of becoming the blues you will come to know; Something different, yet familiar ” a brand of modern blues combined with Alternative rock Pudnik promises to make music for an “oasis for the masses”. The brand of Blues he aims to create does not disappoint on this half- hour, 7 track debut with a solid display of soulful crooning, tasty guitar licks, and sonic harmonica play. This EP is a delightful insight into the crossover of classic ebbing towards modern blues. The opener Sexy kiss is accompanied by an audiovisual to legendary harmonica player Little Walter, an inspiration to the lead vocalist, and who was inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame in 2008. A blazing roar of that favoured instrument signals the intent with the juxtaposition of sultry vocals that interact between Pudnik and his female counterpart that oozes the bravado of a delta blues track. The combination of modern rock with classic blues is a strong dynamic that works with the music here. It is the mercurial abilities of Pudnik on the harmonica that captures the essence. He controls the instrument like it was his voice with the ability to alter his emotion through that acts as a purveyor throughout the remaining tracks. This is evident on the follow up track say my name. A slow burner that feels reflective in the mood of the track and a beautiful multi-layered track that leaves you drifting through the clouds above. In a Quiet place A piano-soaked song has Pudnik and his counterpart reflecting on their thoughts that would not be out of a place in a smoke-filled jazz lounge, Early in the morning is the standout track of separation has the frontman in sonic mode with his harmonica playing centre stage in tandem with a slick guitar solo that whips into a frenzy that underlies the overall nature of the album. Thank you is a Led Zeppelin cover rich in melody and tenderness, The album closes with the ghost collecter is a rowdy 4-min jam session of frenzied blues, lung-busting harmonica of harmonica play and power chords that rouse the listener into a manic foot stomping spell Tender rose is a sweet and touching song finale with all the raw emotion and soul that wraps up an enjoyable half-hour lesson in the evolution of a new blues movement.
THE NAVEBLUES REDEFINE ROCK WITH HARMONICA-HEAVY TRACK ‘POSSESS YOU’
Every now and then an artist emerges that defies your expectations as a listener. Cue The NaveBlues, a Norwegian-hailing blues-rock group with one crucial twist: harmonica. In new track ‘Possess You’ frontman Nave Pundik strays from the well-worn template of rock, placing vocal duties on the back-burner and inserting his virtuosic harmonica playing at the forefront. It’s a refreshing offering from the four-piece, especially in a genre that has become somewhat predictable over the years. But, for those listeners that still crave the hallmarks of a rock song, fear not, you’ll still hear the pounding drums, chugging bass, and dark guitar licks that are typical of the genre.