Reviewing John Salvage’s Coyote Hasten

Coyote Hasten | John Salvage

At a glance, it would be easy to liken John Salvage to Ryan Bingham and then simply call it a day, but that wouldn’t be doing a songwriter of John Salvage’s caliber justice.

Sure, his gravely delivery definitely places him in the company of Bingham, but there is a whole lot more here. While Coyote Hasten may be Salvage’s debut album, it reads more like something out of the catalog of a songwriter who’s been doing this for some time, and that’s because he has. The catch is that John Salvage is only just now being noticed.

Coyote Hasten kicks off with “Knower,” and then rolls through several excellent acoustic based numbers, “Cheasapeake, “Coleson,” and my favorite off of side one, “Moonshine City.” Call it heavy praise, call it what you like, but there is a depth of songwriting here that is almost dare I say it- Dylan-like. Salvage is opening up his world to us and in doing so, is laying his thoughts, feelings and experiences bare.

Side two kicks off with stand out track “Warning Song,” which has some vibes akin to The Who, with the use of what sounds like (to my ears) the Latin percussion instrument claves (think the clicking noise you hear in “Magic Bus”). Things progress from there, culminating in what may be my favorite track of all, “Trade Coyote,” which is something of a veiled title track. Here we see some near Psychedelic instrumentation, pushing forward into what I can only describe as a Folk-Country-Shoegaze freak out.

For a debut album, Coyote Hasten is nothing short of impressive. Salvage has managed to take the breadth of his experiences and merge them with all of the genres he loves most, without going completely off the rails, all the while astutely maintaining a consistent musical through line. Forget genres. Forget the fact that this is his rookie album. Coyote Hasten is a well crafted, mature effort. Simply put- if you like good music, this is for you.

Coyote Hasten was released January 30th, 2021, and is presented by local Detroit label Outer Limits Lounge as well as Org Music. You can grab yourself a copy on classic, beautifully pressed black vinyl here.

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Published by Andrew Daly

Since he was a young child growing up on Long Island, NY, Andrew has always loved writing and collecting physical music. After losing his life-long vinyl collection in 2014, Andrew began his vinyl collection from scratch again when he met his future wife Angela in 2015. Andrew’s love of music only further blossomed as his collection spanned all genres possible. After amassing 5,000 albums, Andrew knew it was time to finally follow his dream, and thus, Vinyl Writer Music was born. Present-day, Andrew is proud to share his love of music with the world through his writing, and the result is nothing short of beautiful: articles and interviews written by a music addict, for fellow music addicts. Andrew lives on Long Island with his wife Angela and their four cats, Oliver, Patrick, Charlie, and Kevin. Andrew works as a Horticultural Operations Manager by day and runs the Vinyl Writer Music website by night. Andrew is also the admin of several Facebook groups dedicated to music.

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