Watch Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats perform Look It Here

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Nathaniel Rateliff may be best known for his critically acclaimed 2010 solo record In Memory of Loss, but now he has both a brand new band and sound.

The Denver-born singer-songwriter’s solo sound, which is best described as a sparse, melancholic folk, has grown into wall-rattling soul with his seven-piece soul band The Night Sweats.

This sound was showcased with their debut television performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, where the band not only won over Fallon but also Questlove, The Roots and countless new fans.

"That's the way to do it! Standing ovation," exclaimed Fallon after the show.

The band can also count Laura Marling, Bon Iver, Robert Plant, Marcus Mumford and George Ezra among their fans.

Here they perform the song Look It Here.

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats’ self-titled debut album, which has been produced by Richard Swift (The Black Keys, The Shins), is released on August 21 on Stax Records.

Whilst drawing inspiration from Sam & Dave and Otis Redding, multi-instrumentalist Rateliff and his indie-soul band have put his own unique twist on the genre.

“These songs are about the struggles I’ve had in my life - drinking too much, that kind of crap,” Rateliff says.

“And then the relationships we all have. I’m not a great communicator in my personal life, so it’s funny to be writing songs that say the things that I’m never very good at saying.”

“I try to be lighthearted,” he adds, “because, although the songs are heavy, I want it to be a release for people.

I’m trying to do something that’s emotionally charged and heartfelt, and I want the experience to be joyous, for people to feel excited and dance around instead of being super-bummed by reality - I mean, things are hard.

But I can remember dancing around to some song that was breakin’ my heart, dancin’ with tears in my eyes.

“I love that feeling, and I wanna share it with people, and hopefully they’ll feel it too.”