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Boomkat Product Review:
Careful now if you're just scanning these titles - this isn't field recording in the same way that Chris Watson is field recording, this is not a collection of gorgeous soundscapes taken from American marshes and deserts, this is field recording as opposed to studio recording, this is a collection of tracks recorded 'in the field' as such. A sampler for a forthcoming box set due next Christmas, this gives a brief but startling insight into the life of Art Rosenbaum, who has spent the last 50 years travelling America and recording musicians in their own environments. Whether it was poor white workers singing while waiting for work to trickle in or a young boy reciting the songs his parents had taught him; this is the real American folk music, music passed from generation to generation, music sung for enjoyment not for commercial gain - and there is a deep beauty in that. Utterly captivating from start to finish, this truncated collection stumbles through five decades of folk music, whether it be traditional Danish accordion or murky porch blues, from the opening track (which was, incidentally, recorded in 2006) we know we're in for a rather special journey. This is sadly the music most of the world doesn't get to hear, music you know exists but never makes its way to the recorded medium and therefore gets lost somewhere in the ether - so we must thank the great Art Rosenbaum for having the foresight to get this music documented for future generations (such as ourselves) to enjoy. Totally essential stuff - I can't wait to hear the finished box set.