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Steve Poltz 

Dreamhouse (New Scotland)

On La De Da, Joel Plaskett sang about being on the road, writing songs and recording with friends for the love of the process, not for the money. The song “Natural Disaster” is also a song about the security of home in the face of oncoming uncertainty, which is a theme Steve Poltz explores frequently on the Plaskett-produced Dreamhouse (“Wish the Wind” and “Love What You’ve Done with this Place”). This is essentially a companion piece to La De Da, considering Poltz, a Nova Scotian who now lives in the States, has made a road record---also adorned with Rebecca Kratz’s gorgeous woodburn---in Plaskett’s Dartmouth studio. With flourishes of Jenn Grant and Plaskett’s production and guitar work, Dreamhouse is a gorgeously lyrical record. Poltz’s trademark charm and whimsy is here, but there are also more difficult sentiments too (“Dreams #23”, “A Dog in Bosnia”). See Steve Poltz live, May 9-11 at The Carleton.

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