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Audio CD, May 3, 2011
Vinyl, June 7, 2011
Salt Year, his third album on the label, was born out of a period of personal tumult Bathgate refers to The Salt Year. These songs are the battle cry for that time, he explains, and recording them was a painful and joyful experience. Bathgate first began drawing attention in 2007, when he made an exceptional splash with critics and fans all over the globe with the release of his A Cork Tale Wake LP, and its breakout track Serpentine. He went on to tour the world several times over and found himself on the surreal brink of becoming a breakout act in a tumultuous time for those living as musicians. Following such successes though, were personal hurdles, failed relationships, and an intense period of self-criticism, all of which would lead Bathgate to scrap his next album multiple times, causing almost 4 years to lapse between his early demos and the completion of Salt Year. After several years of struggle, Bathgate has reemerged on the other side with a more realized version of his signature country-tinged gothic folk. It is perhaps that very struggle that makes this latest album such a triumph.
Salt Year is, without a doubt, the first great folk record of 2011. --My Old Kentucky Blog
In the four years since the release of Chris Bathgate's A Cork Tale Wake, the world at large has fallen in love with tender indie-folk, making superstars out of bands like Mumford & Sons, Fleet Foxes, and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. Bathgate's take on this style tends toward the downtrodden, and his 2011 disc, Salt Year, deserves to latch onto anyone who fell in love with Marcus Mumford and co. before or after the Grammys. --The Onion AV Club
If Bathgate has mastered one thing in his enormously promising career... it's the art of distilling alienation into bruised sounding beauty. --National Public Radio
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 5.75 x 0.5 inches; 1.36 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Quite Scientific
- Date First Available : March 22, 2011
- Label : Quite Scientific
- ASIN : B004T29VXW
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #106,164 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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This is not your run-of-the-mill singer-songwriter stuff. It's hard to categorize. I would say it is a mixture of folk-rock, americana, indie-folk and art-rock. The samples will give you a good idea. The music is accessible but very interesting and crafted with a lot of thought. Chris Bathgate is extremely gifted, and had some great helpers on this album. You will not regret buying this album.
Everyone will have their own reference points for comparison. To me the album brings Bon Iver's "For Emma" to mind a little bit, although I think this album is superior to that great album in many ways. As far as Chris' vocals go, I am sometimes reminded of Richard Thompson, but that could just be me.