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Justin Roth

Justin Roth is a damn fine fingerstyle guitarist who's clearly inspired by Michael Hedges. In addition to his notable fretwork, Roth sings and plays every instrument here, including bass, keyboards and percussion. On the opener, "This Winter," multiple reverb-drenched vocal layers float in the background like a ghostly chorus, à la Bon Iver. A similar treatment is applied to the title track, with just acoustic guitar, layers of vocals and keyboards giving the impression that there were numerous other players in the studio with Roth. While Now You Know showcases some impressive songwriting skills on Roth's part, the instrumentals, "Spaghetti Junction" and "There and Back Again," ultimately underscore what an accomplished player he is overall.

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Jon Solomon writes about music and nightlife for Westword, where he's been the Clubs Editor since 2006.
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