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February 2015
The Harmaleighs
""Pretty Picture, Dirty Brush"
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College pals  Haley Grant and  Kaylee Jasperson bonded over shared musical tastes as students at Belmont University, . They were both also familiar with the hardships possessing the voices of angels; it was inevitable that a musical project would come of the union. The Harmaleighs formed in 2013, and the two proceeded to develop their sound, learning how to filter their shared experiences through an Americana sieve, until every heartbreak and setback sounded as though it occurred decades ago somewhere in the Appalachians.

 

The Harmaleigh's debut album, "Pretty Picture, Dirty Brush" will be released February 3rd. It covers the gauntlet of relationships that a young adult can encounter: partners, friends, hometowns. It also showcases the pair as the crackerjack musicians that they are. The same razor-sharp tightness that makes bluegrass so satisfying to hear is present in the entire album. Everything rings out as clear as a bell, and nothing is overdone or unnecessary. The girls have a healthy respect for the traditional, and can whip out a down-home rhythm as easily as a teenaged missive on heartbreak.  

 

Speaking of teenaged missives, a delicate balance is at work here. There are moments that the pair hit Watson Twin-levels of harmonies (like the ghostly intro of opening track "Hesitate") and there are times they turn right around with something more juvenille like "Got fired for dropping a glass of wine/ screw it I'm running out of time," in their recent single, "I Keep Ticking On." There's alot that can go wrong: their music acoustic guitar driven, with some lap steel and banjo thrown in, and they have a propensity to break into foot-stomping jags that recall the receding arena-folk wave. But it doesn’t matter. They’re so good, by grace of their conviction and clarity, that I’d probably be sucking this album down and singing along even if I were a 50-year-old truck driver.

 

That's the appeal of "Pretty Picture..." The album concentrates being young and new into something potent and delivers it with a little bit of sass; that's a combination capable of crossing quite a few boundaries. It's the emotional equivalent of four seasons of summer camp, thirty friendship bracelets, or ten viewings of "Milo and Otis." This album is bound to strike a chord within the most jaded of bastards. Keep up with The Harmaleighs at their website www.theharmaleighs.com

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Two Teasers for the Road, Courtesy Of JEFF the Brotherhood

Two Teasers for the Road, Courtesy Of JEFF the Brotherhood

Great news to all fans of the Nashville duet: There's not long left to wait before the release of JEFF the Brotherhood's new material, and to tease us a touch more, they’ve just revealed the upcoming album’s cover art. Cool, right? Out on the 17th of July, this most anticipated seventh record, Hypnotic Nights, explores further the psychedelic edge of The Brotherhood’s sound, although rest assured, it is as catchy, alive, and fuzzy as ever before-- maybe more summer-adequate even-- so y’all can get ready to rock out! Meanwhile, after a series of shows with L.A.’s Best Coast, the band are back on the roads again for a headlining tour, with over 20 dates across the U.S.

Now, to the slightly more impatient ones always waiting for something to leak over the web, here’s something for you (and the hint is right there in the title): Three of the four tracks featured on the Hypnotic Knights EP will figure on the forthcoming album of the same name... and there’s your teaser number two! -- Tracy Mamoun

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