The Saltpeter Wars is a collection of songs of resistance and defeat. Its geography is varied but centers around a mountain, a brain, under siege. Buses blow up, mountain people pickax the raw material of bombs from mine tunnels, and a strange old child sets off from his mountain home on a raft into the Pacific as the moon watches enhaunting.
The musical terrain is equally strewn about a defiant core, harmonious shrapnel around a tightly-formed crater. Entire armies of singing peters encroach, drum loops buffet, sparse synths lilt and adumbrate; this is new folk.
Don't be fooled by its soft melodies; neither by its intimations at rage. Haven't you heard? The moon is a brain circumlocuting this polypanoply from a distance, smiling and laughing, offering its quiet light and a promise of home that does not sequitur.
"Undoubtedly one of the best songwriters of his time . . . Peter deliciously mixes the ugly with the beautiful . . . and creates a world wrought with religious implications, meditations on an all-encompassing God that no one can trust, and a world where people are knocked around and dragged out. It’s not the happiest thing, but, and, yes, I dare compare them: Dylan had the same knack." - Angelica Music, Burlington, VT
"The Iris Apfel of the music world . . . Salt-Peter is one of the few people I know who has remained in but not of the world of reduced-fat milk."
- Pale Blue Atlas Club Sunday Review
released June 18, 2012
cover art by the wonderful Kelsey Garrity-Riley: www.kgriley.com
the part of the Wildgoose on "wildgoose" immaculately performed by Rachel Laitman: www.rachelinthemines.bandcamp.com
some sweet vocal arrangements on "fools on the highway" by Angela Willson