Maryland's Michael Nau is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who crafts psychedelic- and folk-influenced indie pop. With bandmates Whitney McGraw (keyboards), Jasen Reeder (bass), and Clinton Jones (drums), he released three albums as lead singer/guitarist of indie rock's Page France before forming the style-blending psych-folk project Cotton Jones Basket Ride with McGraw in 2007. The moniker issued three EPs and an LP before the clipped Cotton Jones name put out two more full-lengths (2009's Paranoid Cocoon and 2010's Tall Hours in the Glowstream) and an EP (2011's Sit Beside Your Vegetables) via Suicide Squeeze. The same label released Nau's first album under his own name, Mowing, in early 2016. Built from a selection of several years' worth of written material that was never fully realized, it featured McGraw -- by then Nau's wife -- among its many guests. Full Time Hobby gave it a European release later in the year, and his second solo effort, Some Twist, followed in June 2017, also on Full Time Hobby and Suicide Squeeze. The Load EP, a collection of songs that Nau didn't think belonged on Some Twist, was issued three months later.