Nate Ashley has been an obscure name even by indie pop standards, although his debut album, Where Matter Lives, was a very high-quality effort in that style. Ashley has a breathy, confessional, singer-songwriter aura that recalls some of the better folk-rock of the late '60s and early '70s, while steering entirely clear of the laid-back, polished sound of performers such as James Taylor. It would be more properly aligned with the sparsest of the Beatles' folk-rock tracks (both as a group and solo performers) from that era, or with Elliott Smith along with his contemporary peers.
- Richie Unterberger, AllMusic
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