Jake Xerxes Fussell takes on a brace of (non-)traditional pieces and puts them through his own personal folk processes on his second album What In The Natural World. Guest musicians from the Alan Lomax Archive, The Mountain Goats and Steve Gunn’s band (all somehow named Nathan) also contribute, adding detail to Fussell’s wryly dark vision. LP / CD release on Paradise Of Bachelors.
Vinyl LP £20.99 POB031LP
LP on Paradise of Bachelors.
CD £11.49 POB031CD
CD on Paradise of Bachelors.
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- What In The Natural World by Jake Xerxes Fussell
9/10 Richard 29th January 2019
This is an absolute treat of a record. I know very little about Jakes Xerxes Fussell, but the fact he is on Paradise of Bachelors was a good sign and I'm not disappointed at all by his second LP. Featuring 9 tracks, and made up of traditional tunes, and cover versions, what you have here is a mighty fine slice of Americana. The pace is reasonably gentle and mellow, with only the occasional increase in pace, but it works beautifully as a whole. The production is great too, and sounds really lovely and warm. Highlights include 'Pinnacle Mountain Silver Mine' feat. Nathan Salsburg, traditional tune 'Billy Button' and 'St. Brendan's Isle' which sounds just like The Handsome Family in both tone and delivery. Really most excellent.
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