Nathan Salsburg - Hard For To Win And Can't Be Won

Homespun is almost a dirty word to use in a review but here I feel it is appropriate as the record does capture the essence of sitting about in your own manor, watching time slip by.

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A beautiful release, and one that you will find yourself spending a lot of time with.  Oh, and we dig the doggy cover too here at Incendiary... Anyway, there's nothing showy or fussy on Salsberg's second record, and there's no sense of bravura or yearning or looking for any big answers that other pickers seem intent on answering. Homespun is almost a dirty word to use in a review but here I feel it is appropriate as the record (especially tracks like Chief Wants) does capture the essence of sitting about in your own manor, watching time slip by, or the feel of contentment as a household chore gets sorted. Pooter in his country seat, we dare to venture. And difficult to wholly refute, given that titles like Paraffin and Turpentine, Dog at Bay and To Welcome The Travelers Home hint at a domestic happiness. In fact such is the laid back atmosphere we only get two vocal leads and extra instrumentation on the two covers; Coll Mackensie and To Welcome The Travelers Home. There's no need in adding anything else to the other tracks, they are supine in excelsis and work just fine.
So it's a patient record; tracks like What Can't Be Won are solid, well crafted instrumentals, with Salsburg's dexterity never getting in the way. And that's probably why this is such a more-sih record. The silences are brilliantly balanced; the picking, and the switches between tempo on Concessions are masterful in their ease, and Dog At Bay boasts a beautiful cyclical pattern that takes all the time it needs to create a whole set of sonic patterns and filigrees.
Lovely stuff, what's more to add?