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Wednesday, 12.09.2012, 20:20
oh what a night...
Big Harp (USA)
Delicate and charming, earthy and weatherproof. All of their music's presented with deceptively simple arrangements but most of all, it's all sweetly intriguing and intriguingly sweet.
It's called Big Harp and was founded by country boy Chris Senseney (vocals, guitar, keyboards; previously with Art in Manila, Tilly & The Wall) from Valentine, Nebraska (Pop. 2700 lost souls) and nicely neurotic big city girl Stefanie Drootin-Senseney (bass, back-up vocals; previously with Good Life, toured with Bright Eyes, Azure Ray, She & Him). Holy matrimony, there you have it, they're the new stars in the Saddle Creek Folk Country firmament and they're fertile like a pair of desert rats. As a result, while living in LA, out came their cd «White Hat» and this is how it was conceived: After putting the babies to bed, they wrote 40 songs, arranged, finessed and laid down and recorded 15 of them in three days with the help of drummer Chris Philipps and bass player/producer Pierre de Reeder (Rilo Kiley).
The songs on «White Hat» are a colorful collection of Western ballads about gunslinging in saloons, bittersweet intimacies and heartbraking love songs. All a bit raw but fresh, emotional and intelligent. As for the image on their cd cover: Well, every picture tells a story, croaked good old Rod. Theirs shows a guy with a yellow hat (huh?) on a donkey, with woman, little baggage indicating a maybe short journey (From here to there it's too short but from here to here it's too long?) under a white hot sheltering sky, with perhaps a storm brewing on the horizon. Have a look, see what your interpretation is. But it's their music you'll be coming to hear and if comparisons are of any help, and they sometimes are, names like Townes Van Zandt, Nick Cave, Rainer, Willie Nelson and even Captain Beefheart might be pulled out of the hat. Likewise, some will even bring up Michelle Shocked's first album. All in all, it's classic country, folk and punk. In it's interpretation you might hear the vocal stylings of Jonathan Richman, Chris Darrow and the Handsome Family. Big Harp's songs though are uniquely their own and each one tells its own imaginative story. Delicate and charming, earthy and weatherproof. All of their music's presented with deceptively simple arrangements but most of all, it's all sweetly intriguing and intriguingly sweet.
Listen, your time's limited, and we don't want to keep on harping on the points already made, but the first song tells about Nadine dropping everything to go to LA (welcome to the club) and the last one is about her returning back home (welcome to the club) - and everything that happens in between. So, baby boys and baby girls come and see Chris and Stefanie of White Harp tie up their donkey to the bicycle stand out front (if disciplinary custodian and cycling Ueber-dandy Schramm doesn't object), wear a white (or yellow) hat, have plenty of nightcaps and get ready, in due time, to be softly put to bed. Sweet California dreaming, y'all.
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