Rabbit Songs (Reis) Import
HEMs debut album Rabbit Songs now available again through Rounder Records.
HEM has drawn comparisons to artists as disparate as Nick Drake, Mazzy Star, Sandy Denny and Jeff Buckley and drawn fans as varied as The Chemical Brothers, Glenn Tilbrook, Linda Thompson, James Iha and Beth Orton. The music is lush and filled with eclectic harmonies: a mandolin enveloped by an 18-piece orchestra, a pedal steel accentuated by a glockenspiel, underpinned by guitar and piano in an elaborate framework. And through it all, Sally Ellysons beautiful voice shaping each word. ASCAP award-winning songwriter and Rabbit Songs Co-Producer, Dan Messé sold off most of his personal possessions so he could afford the orchestras, and the luxury of being as painstaking as they wanted over the arrangements of each song. No samples, no synths, no Pro-Tools mixing and no digital studio wizardry were employed. Rabbit Songs is an old school album, recorded the old school way. Guitarist / Co-Producer Gary Maurer, a seasoned studio engineer, has engineered and / or produced a host of artists and bands including Jon Spencer, Luna and Fountains Of Wayne. "Sally Ellyson has one of those voices - an understated powerhouse that wows with serene confidence. The result is a rich debut that shouldnt be overlooked" - ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
私は、The Beautiful Southの Paul Heaton のコンピレーションアルバムで、このユニットの存在を知ったが、それ以来、手放せない「歌」である。
Fairport Convention, Fairground Attraction, Joni Mitchellなどに比肩する、伸びやかで透明感あふれる良質のボーカル、繊細なアレンジと演奏。まさに、Timelessなアルバムである。
After doing a search on line I found the song to be by a band named Hem. The song is Half Acre from their album Rabbit Songs. I ordered it and have played it over and over. There are only a few cd's that have gotten this amount of my attention.
I am going to go to buy their other work because they have something honest and different. When was the last time you heard different? In a good way?
With her voice, all the tracks show better production as the CD progresses. The first time you hear the CD, it might be best to start it at Lazy Eye, as it seems they got an infusion of money around here, and it's a great song to boot.
This is not to say that this is where the CD starts: this is one of those CDs that grabs you in the first track and doesn't let go until the end, yet still manages to reveal complexities throughlut multiple listens. It may be impossible to do anything but listen for the first 5 times you hear the CD. Flip through the lyrics as you listen to the tracks; The poetry will grab you as much as the song.
Why, oh why does Metallica get a million dollars to produce such mediocre music and this brilliant band is cash strapped for production?