Clear and distinct are not often used to describe music anymore. However, in the 1920s, when there was actually only time for one song per side on the record, bands were forced to be concise. Tony Dekker from Great Lake Swimmers worked toward this sound on the group's fourth release, Lost Channels.
"I was sort of inspired by listening to groups like the original Carter Family," Dekker says. "Groups that recorded between the '20s and '30s, you know, literally only had three minutes to get their point across."