A sublime soundtrack that wanders through a variety of emotional sounds and ideas. Always beguiling and often acutely revelatory, these embracing compositions have the sort of depth and feeling that is regularly hinted at, but often not fully delivered. On this release, it's conveyed with style and substance.
Deserving of a reissue nearly the moment it debuted. We had the grave misfortune of joining these folks when they played a series of campfire shows last summer with Lake Mary and Dylan Golden Aycock. Hoping for that second chance in the mountains they speak of. These calming melodies however will tide me over for quite some time. Put this one on repeat and be prepared for anything that comes your way. Really wonderful.
Saskatoon is the project of Paul Dehaven and Jess Webb of Evergreen Colorado. Paul is known for his guitar work in the Denver folk/baroque band Paper Birds. He also has a solo album of singer songwriter music that is fantastic. Jess is an amazing visual artist, cellist and mother. From what I witnessed she play's, draws, makes decisions with conviction. She added some beautiful Cello arrangements to the Lake Mary full band as well as this duo with Paul.
I met both Jess and Paul through Chaz Prymek (Lake Mary) on a - long put off - motorcycle trip/tour/journey through Colorado to reflect on some heart ache surrounding an old relationship. It was actually this exact time last year (for those who put meaning in the stars). They had a big group of buddies living in an amazing house high up in the Rocky Mountains surrounded by white peaks and wild life. Everyone living in that house was extremely kind and talented. They opened up their beautiful home to a gloomy stranger which is something I will be forever grateful for. During that week or two we played a couple shows together, ate some amazing home cooked meals and then I took off back to Oklahoma thru some crazy lightning and hail storms before breaking down just outside of Taos...
Not long after getting back Paul sent over the Saskatoon tracks and it blew me away. It also put a fire under me to get back to letterpress printing which kept my hands busy and inspired me to dig back into this whole label thing. As the Lake Mary song say's and to sum it up... There's always second chances in the mountains. -Dyl
I've been waiting for these songs from a living guitar player for too long. Incredibly technical picking combined with striking emotion and melody, of which is incomparable to anyone I can think of these days.. So refreshing to anyone stuck listening to the players of the past. Jordan Norton