Fans of the new crop of folk revivalists, such as Mumford & Sons or the Avett Brothers (with whom this duo have toured), will get a huge charge out of David Wax Museum’s latest self-released album, Everything Is Saved. Multi-instrumentalists David Wax and Sue Slezak, along with several musical guests, fuse elements of Mexican folk with an original take on Nick Cave-esque spiritual/indie rock. Fiddles, accordions, guitars, horns, pounding piano, lots of percussion, powerful vocals and the odd backing choir of singers or multitracks come together in a new folk-gospel that has a bit of the offbeat sideshow tone that the pun on Wax’s name suggests, but there’s nothing gimmicky about the wonderful confluence of traditional and post-modern sounds.
Produced, engineered and mixed by San Kassirer at Great North Sound Society (Parsonsfield, ME). Mastering: Jeff Lipton/Peerless Mastering (Boston).