Landwerk No. 2

by Nathan Salsburg

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The Green Kingdom Love Nathan's playing, both solo and with Joan Shelley. These Landwerk releases are just timeless and beautiful- endlessly loopable... Favorite track: VI (The Rocks of Redemption).
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Thomas absolutely spellbinding stuff. music to create art to and also contemplate your existence on this mortal coil Favorite track: VI (The Rocks of Redemption).
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redkayak This is growing on me. Quite fond of VII...
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discmansam Sounds like the soundtrack to an unmade Atom Egoyan western
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Charlie Moonbeam An evolved revelation of the concept explored in his original Landwerk release, Salsburg explores repetition, anachronism and longing on this spectacular record. Gorgeous and poignant, I will be coming back to this again and again. Favorite track: V (Through A Crystal Unluminous).
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triumph51 heard 30 second sample and bought both albums, can't wait to receive them, hope they are good !!
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"And it declareth of the end and doth not lie; though it tarry, wait for it, because it will surely come; it will not delay." (Habakkuk 2:3)

Landwerk No. 2 is a second volume of compositions built around samples from 78-rpm phonograph records—in this case, two klezmer sides, one Yiddish folk song, and one tune by a Slovak miners’ orchestra from Northeastern Pennsylvania, home of six generations of Salsburgs. While the first volume just happened to coincide with the first months of 2020’s problematic peculiarity, No. 2 was undertaken in the depths of the late summer and early fall, when political/social/existential despair hung at their heaviest. These are musical attempts to translate the past into the present, or to redeem the present through the past, or to discover, in Michael Löwy’s formulation (in Chris Turner’s translation), a “critical constellation formed by a particular fragment of the past with a particular moment of the present.”


released December 4, 2020

Phonographic samples with electric guitar, resonator guitar, lap steel, and piano. Committed August–September 2020 in Skylight, Kentucky. Mixed by Zak Riles at Earthwave Studio, Shelbyville, Kentucky. Mastered by Carl Saff.

Source recordings:

V: from “Rumenishe Doina” by Dave Tarras’ Orkester, Columbia 8220-F, recorded in New York City, April 1927.

VI: from Vladimir Heifetz’ introduction to “Sug Mir Du Schein Meidele (Tell me you pretty girl)” by Isa Kremer, Brunswick 40082, recorded in New York City, January 1924.

VII: from “Jak som išol prez lesh (As I walked through the forest)” by Slovenska Orkestra Michael Lapchaka, Victor 80576, recorded in Camden, New Jersey, February 1928.

VIII: from “Die Chasidim Forren Tsum Rebbin (The Chasidim Visit The Rabbi)” by Kandel’s Orchestra (drummer unidentified), Victor 68680, recorded in New York City, November 1924.


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Nathan Salsburg Louisville, Kentucky

Nathan Salsburg is a guitarist, composer, archivist and writer living in Kentucky. He is a frequent collaborator of songwriter-singer Joan Shelley, occasional guitar-duo partner of James Elkington, and has contributed to recordings by Bonnie "Prince" Billy, the Weather Station, and Jake Xerxes Fussell, among others. Salsburg is also curator of the digital Alan Lomax Archive. ... more

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