Land and Salt Releases 'Here Come the Gospel Folk'
Here Come The Gospel Folk is the first full length album by the UK's Land and Salt since their first EP - Salve in 2019. Self-produced and recorded by the duo in an old dis-used village hall in rural England. It is raw and real in it’s delivery, but still arranged with precision, much rooted in the groove of bygone days when blues, folk and especially old gospel would lift up a life well lived and a lesson learnt. And these truthful elements have been brought together to make a whole new sound.
"We have penned what is real and true in our lives; of how frailty and sorrow can be transformed into endurance and hope, with a little faith. Those are the times you only realise you survived, when you look back - brokenness is where these songs come from and strength is what they have become."
The album sees a change in the pace of their earlier songs and definitely packs more blues and rhythm. The resulting music comes from a place of deep faith and thankfulness and identifies with the heart of every person who has ever loved, or been loved. The album takes the listener through an array of sound from double bass, raw acoustic fingerpicking, to a compelling amped-up guitar steeped in warmth, but always rooted in Marie's soul driven vocal. All arranging and playing is entirely by multi-instrumentalist Charlie but with collaboration from drummer James Brabner, which reunited the three musicians after a 16 year break from touring together. This album draws beauty from the past, into an authentic atmosphere and sound - bold songs that hold you in tension and relief.