This newest disc from Sweden's wandering gypsy, who settled in New Orleans, is one of the most cohesive discs he has done in quite a spell, and it is a disc that is not cloaked in miscellaneous obscurant fill. He has his point of view and expresses it clearly and with thought, his songs are direct and pointed. There are times when he lets the music go into an atonal cacophony mode, filled with a futuristic dread. Sometimes this seems to dominate his discs, however here he uses this, it seems, to make a point and he seems to make an effort to keep these bursts short and 'ordered'.
There are eleven songs and he wrote ten of them and co-wrote the eleventh with Warren Riker, who plays percussion on this disc. The songs are written mostly from the viewpoint of an observer, someone looking in but not interacting, though upon times they seem to rather confessional. They are sharp and concise much like his punctuating guitar flurries, particularly when he uses his slide.
Recently he had been doing a lot of work as a producer for fellow NOLA artists such as Johnny Sansone, Mike Zito, and Tab Benoit; he has also been playing with artists as diverse as Stanton Moore, Toots and The Maytals, and Phil Lesh, and these artists have left an indelible mark on him, expanding the musical palette that he draws from. A wonderful addition to his prior Alligator Records, American Patchwork and Black Eye Galaxy.
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