Pennsylvania-based folk duo Native Harrow deliver their fourth studio LP in double-quick time - 'Closeness' comes barely a year after Native Harrow's last outing 'Happier Now'. The band’s Devin Tuel says that 'Closeness' is about love and connections, a sentiment reflected in the timeless FM rock influences and orchestral pop decorations of its lead single ‘Shake’.
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That paisley print Devin Tuel’s wearing on the cover should tell you everything you need to know about ‘Closeness’, the fourth album from Native Harrow. It sounds like the 60s, innit? And it's a pretty good and assured interpretation of that musical decade; if the production wasn’t so crisp you could probably convince someone it was recorded then. There’s the instrumentation, and vocals that sound Joni Mitchell assured (and like Q-Tip says, Joni Mitchell never lies, so presumably neither does Tuel), and the occasionally aggressively panned mixing.
Opener ‘Shake’ is really brilliant. A catchy guitar riff and a gently lolloping rhythms section give way to a blistering bridge where Tuel sings that “it might all look different when we wake up laughing”. Which is not a lie. ‘If I Could’ is a restrained R&B bop that really gives Tuel the chance to flex her vocals, featuring lots of vibrato as she darts around her range. And not a single lie.
There is perhaps an argument to be made that Native Harrow should put a bit more distance and that decade’s musical tropes. None more so than ‘Carry On’ which from its structure, to its message, to the guitar solo in the middle of it sounds ridiculously like ‘Let It Be’. And like, I’m not one of those people who doesn’t like ‘Let It Be’! But I think at this point we should probably let ‘Let It Be’ be. You know?
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