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Musical Content: Squanto’s Ben Lovell has created a consistent ambient folk album with A Gift + A Favor. Although recorded in 2012 and 2010, the tracks hang together sonically and thematically. These lonely performances illustrate the isolation of Long Island, the coolness of the early evening in late summer/early fall. There’s a sense of place on this album… only when you hear it do you realize that not many contemporary artists have that going for them. The music on A Gift + A Favor is unfiltered, with very little manipulation (save for “A Gift, Pt. 2”). Just a microphone and a performer, as it should be.
Packaging and Sound Quality: These home-dubbed tapes can sound muffled, but not this release. The tape sounds warm and clear. The full color artwork compliments the mood of the music.
Available from Rok Lok Records and limited to 65 copies.