“You can’t judge a book by its cover” is such a well known saying that it’s become cliche. But I was reminded of it listening to the lastest release from Jim Hanft, entitled Weddings Or Funerals. The album starts off with Kerosene, that with it’s guitar and soft snare sound immediately made me think of a Mark Knopfler effort. The spell continues with Run My Love and Alternate Route, both featuring Hanft’s vocals more than anything, but with a really subtle, tasty, background guitar that layers in a texture you don’t really notice until the second or third listening.
As you keep listening, though, the backing instrumentation starts to pick up other flavors; indie folk on Television, a slighly ominous bass in Family Tree, and a nice slide guitar blues accent on Beware My Love, for example. I came to realize that well-known Swedish producer Lasse Marten was touching up the palette of Hanft songs with his own brush strokes and colors. So the cumulative effort is an impressionist interpretation of a scene that everyone sees a little differently.