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  • Summary: The latest release for Labradford's Mark Nelson as Pan•American is an ambient instrumental album composed in the summer of 2020.
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  1. Uncut
    Feb 23, 2022
    80
    It's a lovely listen, unassuming as ever. [Apr 2022, p.32]
  2. Feb 23, 2022
    80
    This is actually one of his more readily enjoyable albums, even if it's a little less adventurous most of the records from his long-running Pan•American project.
  3. Mojo
    Feb 23, 2022
    80
    The album's 12 intimate essays, described as "elegies as much as songs," feel like ghostly, poignant testaments to our times. [Mar 2022, p.86]
  4. Feb 23, 2022
    70
    Because of its lack of vocals, The Patience Fader sounds a bit more open and free than A Son, and somehow manages to say more with less.
  5. The Wire
    Apr 26, 2022
    70
    The album primarily features solo guitar, harmonica and lap steel, all cloaked in gauzy atmospheres, and often conjuring mental images of a sprawling, rural America. The most compelling moments on the album make a hazy blend of guitar twang and swirling electronics, as on “Outskirts, Dreamlit” whose nostalgic melody tumbles almost without a sense of time. [May 2022, p.52]
  6. Mar 1, 2022
    70
    Occasionally, Nelson drops his icy façade for a moment of home-spun warmth and “sincerity”, whatever that means; for this, look no further than the wondrous acoustics of “Nightwater”, which lacks some of the sonic depth of other compositions herein but, as a work of solos, has surprising bite.
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