Dust and Violets, the second full-length release from Winnipeg's Grant Davidson, is an intimate offering of modern roots music with a firm footing in the sounds of decades past. Davidson's songs, like the album's title, reflect a disparity between a life imbued with the slow passing of time and the fleeting moments of beauty from which a deeper meaning must emerge. Mixed and mastered by James Creasey and conveyed by a band of Winnipeg notables — Bill Western, Joanna Miller, and Dany Joyal — the instrumentation is mindful and inspired, often invoking the "less is more" approach to music.
Dust and Violets polishes and expands on Davidson's debut album, 2009's hard-luck roots record Tired Limbs for Ashes, offering a renewed optimism born through heartache, like a flower from dusty prairie ground. His songs are steeped in the textures and tones of the past, but also an honesty and immediacy that is firmly modern. Davidson occupies terrain that's both well-worn and rife with possibility.