Get Lost in Cariad Harmon’s Ironic, Cheeky, Vulnerable Folk Stories
"Cariad Harmon...comes from a lineage of jazzy singer songwriters that includes Joni Mitchell and Rickie Lee Jones, unlike Mitchell and Jones her lyrics seem to span many decades." —Mark Kemp - Rolling Stone Magazine
Cariad Harmon offers vocal harmonies richer than fresh dark coffee, sweetened with notes of folk, jazz, pop, and blues on her self-titled sophomore effort, out November 11. Harmon journeys to find herself and her voice, and flourishes adding her natural British accent for a more honed, instinctive tone. Combining the simplicity of Cat Power, the wittiness of Jaymay, and the heartbreak of Joni Mitchell the album is a reflection of the person she has become, and thus aptly named.
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Conscientiously crafted harmonies, sensitivity toward the arc of a song, and drum beats that stray from the typical country ditty complement her writing. Harmon’s lyrics are delivered with emotional directness and effortlessly flow as she splays them over delicate and nuanced guitar work.
Harmon’s most obvious talent lies in her ability to tell stories with her folk-inspired songwriting that can be ironic, cheeky, vulnerable, and at times euphoric. The tongue in cheek “You Don’t Know Me Yet” is a romantic comedy for the ages, highlighted by a chipper banjo that saunters through the uncertainties of love. The picturesque “Like You” surveys Starlings as they dance and dive in the sky, painting a scenic adventure that begs you to be anything but happy as you are lulled by joyful harmonies. And a lighthearted song about the gauntlet that is the dating game, “Every Time” is charming ode to the wrong guy--full of quirky percussive bells and whistles keeping it an airy and fun satire.
Cariad Harmon’s self-titled album boasts performances by Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius and Mike Savino of Tall Tall Trees. Co-Producers Oli Rockberger and Chris Abell (Matt & Kim, Pete Yorn, Alabama Shakes) heavily influenced the record’s sound, while executive producer Matt Pierson (Grammy nominees Kirk Whalum, Brad Mehldau), who is largely credited in the Jazz community, produced 5 of the album’s 11 tracks, and mixed and mastered the project giving the album a salient voice.
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