This second solo EP by Saul, a member of Tsuji Giri, shows a range of deepening talent. With his guitar and voice, and a little help from some drums, he has in these four songs created a layered, experimental folk that often approaches the stunning.
Sounds are stacked one on top of another that create a fairly harrowing atmosphere in ?Signs1?and ?Cuts?. While the mood created is bleak, this layering of sound over the traditional guitar and beat of folk reveals a bit of light where you don?t expect it. That is usually called hope, and these songs fight their own claustrophobia to offer at least a little hope. These songs extend into repeated listening, as if meant to be fluid like most personal histories.
Jandek?s ?I?m Ready? is the closer, and it is an inspired choice. The psychic alignment with such a hermetic, suffocating sound, suits Saul?s original work. Jandek has never been known for offering any semblance of hope in his music. By building his brooding sound, playing off the traditional instruments of the original, and adding his own sounds to the lyrics, ?I?m Ready? does offer a space for light. I harp on this because it would be easy to take a casual listen of ?History +3? and assume this is a bleak outsider folk set. Danny Saul takes those elements, and adorns them with much more than that. 9/10 -- Mike Wood (18 September, 2006)