With her impossibly fragile, quavering voice and a batch of mesmerizing songs, New Zealand singer/songwriter Aldous Harding has delivered a self-titled debut album that is so far into and so far beyond what might be described as traditional folk music that it both transcends and transforms the genre.
On the surface, Harding (actual name Hannah) creates mystical and mysterious songs that sound like they've been dusted off from the 60's era folk vinyl crate at some U.K. flea market. But spend the time and dive a bit deeper and the tracks, like the devastatingly mournful and intimate "No Peace," become extended, haunting journeys into heartwrenchingly personal territory.
Aldous Harding is an album that demands your full attention. Our suggestion: wait until after midnight, remove all distractions, plug in some good headphones and track all nine songs from start to finish in one sitting. Then exhale. Repeat. Watch the video for "Hunter" and listen to "No Peace" at the Currents page.
"Was There Nothing" from Ásgeir Trausti Einarsson is one of those songs we never get tired of hearing, either in its original Icelandic ("Hljoda Nott") as on our first listen in 2012 or in the latest English version on his U.S. debut album In The Silence. It is simply perfection. Ásgeir joins Columbia label mate Hozier in February for his sold out American tour. More DC here....
"High Road" is just one of many high points from one of the best albums of 2014: John Fullbright's Songs. At over seven and a half minutes long, it's an epic in storytelling and a brilliant example of why Fullbright was nominated for a Best Americana Album Grammy last year for his debut studio album From The Ground Up. More DC on Fullbright and his Songs here...
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