The US rock & soul sextet Seventeen Sisters are set to release the LP Simplex Vita on the 27th.
An engaging ten track album grinds its way through the speakers in gritty Southern blues rooted compositions, to which they infuse elements of classic rock and intriguingly soul – delivering a soundscape that the listener feels obliged to be drawing from a glass of whiskey whilst listening.
Rather than filling the room with excess, as one may instinctively anticipate from so many players, Seventeen Sisters strip away the extraneous leaving a rawness and honesty to the sound to which the audience feels they too are an intrinsic part of the music.
My sympathy extends to the Manager of Seventeen Sisters as they are all siblings – and you know how often those relationships can suddenly explode in to a battle of wits and full credit to the six of them too – Sarah, Gracie, Angel, Faith, Hannah and Cecil – for being able to allow their sisters and brother to shine through each of the tracks.
My pick of the release is the sixth – Don’t Mess This Up.
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Emma Hearne from Johannesburg in South Africa is the alt-folk duo of Emma Hearne and Sarah.
There is a hauntingly beautiful resonance that filters into the room on listening to Emma Hearne as the guitar weaves its way intricately around the corners, exploring every space.
As regular readers know I often rave about how piano or violin adds a sonorous depth to compositions, equally a softly played guitar where the scratches of chord shifts can be clearly distinguished adds a connectivity that you just don’t want to end. Folk influences are combined with local beats to afford an out-put that inveigles into the head the longer played.
Alongside the guitars a keyboard adds a lustre to the sound which captivates the ears. Tracks appear with or without vocal and each is replete as stands, which is a testament to a creator who appreciates less often means more.
Emma Hearne create music that demands the listener stops other activity to gain maximum value and spending time with the lights down low without distraction, is time well spent.
In a genre of music that I rarely find much interest I raise my hat to Emma Hearne and long may the songs continue.
A couple of tracks – one without vocal the other with voice.
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