Mike & Pam Martin: Fernwood Pacific
Before giving in completely to my soft side a couple years ago I often felt seriously conflicted about records like this. I’d sit listening with an odd mixture of emotions; somewhere between “Well this is nice” & “Jesus Christ where the fuck have my balls gone?!?”. I just hadn’t quite fully ascended to the higher plain of pure soft occupied mostly by high rolling Japanese & South Koreans. It’s nice up here. Like a room made of pillows.
But anyhow, personal neurotic hangups aside, this is an undeniably pretty record. All anxieties over having been tricked into buying yet another scorched honkytonk loser or new grass turd are quickly put to rest by the opener “Do It Right”. It’s like stumbling upon a clear mountain stream housed inside a somewhat unassuming package. The same pure, refreshing quality, tempered by a melancholy note of the lonesome highway, turns up again on the best tracks. And the somewhat darker “Lonesome Entertainer” has a pretty killer faux-CSNY thing going. An overall strong listen marred only slightly by a couple of weaker tracks & something I’d recommend to anyone seeking the softer side of rustic.
“Do It Right”
“Stay As Sweet As You Are Now”