Photo: Ryan Krauter

Nik Freitas’ Team Love debut Sun Down – equal parts wry, warm and sonorous – is the end product of several years of ups and downs. Freitas writes, plays, engineers and produces every note on his records. Not that he’s got a lot of expensive gear. A visit to his Poppy Peak studio/shed reveals that Nik is working low-budget minor miracles, The kind of miracles one receives via hundreds of hours on Craigslist. Sun Down will hit stores on May 8.

One listen to Sun Down and you know you’re hearing a certain hard-won grace.It all began several years ago for Freitas, when a co-worker sold him an antique piano that was “used by a street musician before the dawn of the Casio.” Nik taught himself how to play the thing, and it became the cornerstone of his three earlier records, Here’s Laughing at You, Heavy Mellow and Voicing the Hammers.

Sun Down is a succinct, concentrated record that will take the listener from Paul Simon’s Graceland to David Bowie’s Hunky Dory. Each song – each moment – is endowed with a striking mix of self-possession and gravity. There is no reaching, no going for the gold, just ten lovely four minute thesis statements.

Tour Dates:

Sat-Apr-26 San Francisco, CA Hemlock Tavern – with David Dondero
Sun-Apr-27 Santa Cruz CA Crepe Place – with David Dondero
Mon-Apr-28 Merced, CA The Partisan -with David Dondero
Tue-Apr-29 Visalia, CA The Cellar Door – with David Dondero
Thu-May-01 Fresno, CA Tokyo Gardens – with David Dondero
Fri-May-02 Los Angeles, CA Spaceland – with David Dondero
Thu-May-15 San Diego, CA Concerts in the Park with Rilo Kiley
Sun-May-18 Colorado Springs, CO The Black Sheep with Rilo Kiley
Mon-May-19 Denver. CO Ogden Theatre with Rilo Kiley
Tue-May-20 Omaha, NE Slowdown with Rilo Kiley
Wed-May-21 Omaha, NE Slowdown with Rilo Kiley
Thu-May-22 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue with Rilo Kiley
Fri-May-23 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theatre with Rilo Kiley
Sat-May-24 Chicago, IL The Riviera with Rilo Kiley
Sun-May-25 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre with Rilo Kiley
Mon-May-26 Cleveland, OH House of Blues with Rilo Kiley
Wed-May-28 Toronto, ONT Pheonix Theatre with Rilo Kiley
Fri-May-30 Worcester, MA Palladium – with Rilo Kiley
Sat-May-31 Providence, RI Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel – with Rilo Kiley
Sun-Jun-01 Northampton. MA Calvin Theatre – with Rilo Kiley
Mon-Jun-02 New York, NY Terminal 5- with Rilo Kiley

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