ASS - SALT MARSH

With his third full-length album, Salt Marsh, vinyl edition released by Static Caravan, Andreas Soderstrom (aka Ass) seemingly adheres to this principle in creating an album which is so much more than the sum of its parts. Isolate any of its constituent tracks and you''ll be left with a handful of beautiful, folk-inspired songs but that''s only part of the story. An ambitious step forward after his excellent previous outings - the eponymous debut and its stark follow-up, My Get Up and Go Just Got Up and Went - Soderstrom delivers an album which builds on that earlier momentum but contorts it into new and interesting shapes, and which begs to be devoured whole.Unusually for an entirely wordless record, Salt Marsh appears to thematically link its seven songs, with musical motifs contributing to the overall mood and uniting the various strands Soderstrom introduces, not least the hushed, restrained squalls which bookend the album. Where previous Ass records largely consisted of tightly-woven melody and melancholy of his own making, this time around there''s a whole supporting cast of musicians on hand, with the intoxicating result being an impressive array of instruments and a fuller sound, while producer Johan Berthling - founder of Hapna and the band Tape - gives these wonderfully dense compositions room to breathe, including the myriad noises which add to their delicious complexity. Salt Marsh isn''t so much a revolution as an evolution, adding new layers to his beguilingly intricate hymns and fleshing them out in such a way that creates new atmospheres and horizons. It''s a bold statement - a leap of faith, even - and it''s one which is already paying great dividends. For fans of Barn Owl; James Blackshaw: Pentangle; Taken by Trees and Six Organs of Admittance. LP limited to 500 White Vinyl

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ArtistASS Release date2010-07-16 Item no85356 Product groupVinyl MediaLP Record labelStatic Caravan GenreAlternative Swedish artists ConditionNew, unplayed AvailabilityNot in stock Delivery1 - 3 weeks
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