Peaceful doesn't mean content, though. Gustafson sure can sell a song, as we hear on the plaintive "The Broken Side of People Everywhere." Like his colleague MC Taylor, Gustafson builds textures that celebrate traditional Southern music while using them as a jumping-off point into deeply layered arrangements and lyrics. Gustafson's meditations on the brevity of life seem to fixate on the idea of living life to the fullest while you have it. They're stark reminders of the fate that awaits us all, but it doesn't seem like something to avoid the way Gustafson lays it out. The album is a leisurely exploration of the Southern Gothic, one that pauses to bask in sunlight, however fleeting.
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