‘Shifted’ by Harpeth Rising - let the music carry you with its flow(September 06, 2015)
Don’t you just love it when a band simply gets better and better? Well, the latest album from Harpeth Rising proves this is a band steadily exploring boundaries and finding there are none unless made by themselves, a band maturing into its music, making it emphatically their own and continually developing along the way. Following on from ‘Tales From Jackson Bridge’ they release ‘Shifted’ … and quite simply, ‘Shifted’ is unique in every way. There’s the lusciously constructed harmonies, the inventive edge that pulses through every track and the unexpected direction changes that keep you enthralled, combined with an ability to blend folk, bluegrass, classical and rock and leave no visible joins.
Opening the album ‘I Am Eve (I Am The Reason)’ makes obvious their skilled harmonies and ‘touch’ with a melody, moving into the emotive lyrics and lingering melody of ‘Fortune’ they change step into the hypnotic beat and vocal acrobatics of ‘Good Ideas’ … and throughout, the originality these ladies bring to their music makes its presence felt. The fascination with ‘Shifted’ continues through the expansive ‘Rollin’ To You’ telling its tale of longing and journeying, while the deeply moody vocals, engrossing lyrics and haunting tune make ‘The Raid’ supremely engaging
Choose words to define this latest album – progressive, creative, innovative, imaginative - they all describe what’s on offer from Jordana Greenberg, Rebecca Reed-Lunn and Maria di Meglio. Alternatively, don’t attempt to categorise their ingenuity with words, take the shortest route, immerse yourself in Harpeth Rising and let the music carry you with its flow.
Harpeth Rising are Jordana Greenberg (fiddle, vocals) Rebecca Reed-Lunn (banjo, vocals) and Maria Di Meglio (cello, vocals).
Find band and album here: www.harpethrising.com
Review: Tim Carroll