OLD SALT UNION

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Old Salt Union ★★★★ Com­pass Records

These so-called “post­mod­ern blue­grassers” are a piece of work. Be­seech­ing and throw­away by turn, Old Salt Union know how to whup up a frenzy, driven by Jesse Far­rar’s up­right bass and per­cus­sion and his take-no­pris­on­ers vo­cals. Mak­ing their Com­pass Records de­but, this is a high- oc­tane col­lec­tion that owes much to Chris Thile’s cham­pi­oning of the man­dolin as an in­stru­ment of in­tense com­plex­ity. Justin Wal­lace’s high lone­some man­dolin is the lifeblood of Flatt

Baroque, a whirly­gig of a tune that Lester would’ve surely ap­proved of. Wit, wisdom and an un­apolo­getic ap­petite for the good times might con­jure some un­ex­pected com­par­isons with Calex­ico, but Old Salt Union are debu­tants com­fort­able in their blue­grass/ new­grass pants. This fine de­but cries out for a chance to hear it all in three di­men­sions. com­pass­records.com

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