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Grand Salvo – Death (2008)

November 17, 2008

I’d never heard of Grand Salvo before he was added to the Meredith lineup and I mostly just checked this album out because I saw it while browsing the internet somewhere but after hearing how good he is I’m definitely on the look out for a vinyl copy to buy. It’s a sweet and sometimes dark, folkish sort of album but the real genius is the way the songs are presented and entwined together.

For some reason it feels like a very nostalgic album to me. There are several spoken intervals bridging the songs together and making the album feel like some sort of magical and eerie children’s book, added with these gaps are nice little instrumental tracks making good use of strings and setting the mood fantastically. If the lyrics didn’t get so dark and deep then perhaps you could call it a musical children’s book. Musically Paddy Mann is soft, emotive and excellent with his vocals; they suit the nature centred lyrics and the quaint instrumentation. “Shalelem Relagh” (the first proper song on the album after a couple of intros) is charming with flourishes of a strings but also quieter vocally driven segments. It all just feels so smooth and natural it would be hard not to be taken in by the world Grand Salvo creates.

It’s followed by “Winter Approaches”, which displays Mann’s enjoyment using spoken word with a proper Australian accent to tell his story; there is no singing but the words and the instruments perfectively compliment each other and set a dark mood. Most of the album follows this pattern with spoken word leading us into another fully formed folk song. It all flows so well you can tell it was lovingly put together which why I feel as though I really should buy it. I look forward to seeing you at Meredith Mr. Salvo and hopefully I will own your record by then and not feel guilty.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    November 18, 2008 12:25 am

    what IS it with you and vinyl at the moment?
    sarah c

  2. Nick permalink
    November 18, 2008 12:59 am

    It’s really aesthetically pleasing.

  3. James permalink
    November 18, 2008 1:17 am

    Vinyl is brilliant, and sounds wonderful! I have like 30, it’s awesome. :D

  4. Nick permalink
    November 18, 2008 5:04 am

    on the topic of vinyl i just bought a huge record/everything player from Cash Converters for about $100. still trying to get it to work but its like 1 metre tall. yay.

  5. Anonymous permalink
    November 18, 2008 8:53 am

    Mines from my crazy middleaged sheep-milking lesbian neighbours. Occasionally the needle just falls off. But its authentic.
    sarah c

  6. Anonymous permalink
    January 12, 2009 7:09 am

    I would take a guess that local artists like Grand Salvo barely make a living so it’s really nice that say you are going to buy the album. I downloaded it too, but have since doled out the cash. I got it at a gig so it was only 20 bucks, a total bargain. I LOVE it.

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