The three songs in this studio session offer a fairly broad tour of three distinctly American musical styles: jazz, blues and Appalachian folk. And while the pieces may be quite different, the approach remains the same, namely to take us on a tour within American music, seeing where things are today, and pointing to a range of ideas and sounds that it has to offer.
And that, indeed, is the point of the Mr. Sun project as the members have described it. Some musicians look to tear things down in order to build up. Other musicians look to curate a form of music, keeping it a true example of the past. Mr. Sun is unique in that neither of those are the model they've adopted. Rather, they clearly are looking to inhabit American music itself, to show what's alive and vital in old songs, such as "Deep Elem Blues," or in very new ones created in a traditional style, such as "Hunters Permit." The result is music that will reward all the attention that you choose to give it.