Top Tracks: Henry Nozuka – Into The Wild

Sometimes you just hear the perfect song for a particular time and place and it’s as though the planets have aligned. Being snuggled up warm in bed as I write these words, whilst the wind and rain batters against my window, somehow feels like the ideal setting for Henry Nozuka’s ‘Into The Wild’. With a contemplative autumnal folk sound drawing influence from Nick Drake, this first single from the Canadian singer/songwriter’s forthcoming debut album Ember of the Night offers an enchantingly idyllic refuge. It’s the kind of song you listen to as a form of escapism, a role it fulfills so well that you’ll lose count of how many times you’ve had it on repeat and time itself will feel as though it’s lost all meaning. Each time you press play and truly listen, closing your eyes and opening your heart, you’re gifted with one of two different escapes. Either you allow the vivid imagery to whisk you away to a serene and surreal dream world, or the intimate arrangement will have you feeling that Henry is right there in the room with you. I can’t tell you how long I’ve been laid here listening to this song, how many times I’ve indulged in each escape it offers, but I can tell you that it was worth every second.