Monday, February 1, 2016

Harriet: "American Appetite"

I suppose this single has been out for a few months but I'm just now catching up with this week's release of Harriet's debut album of the same title, American Appetite. There's an almost gospel-like urgency in the arrangement that no doubt owes a great deal to the contributions of keyboardist Alex Casnoff, who used to play in Dawes, one of the more sweeping, expansive sounding bands in the Americana/roots rock genre of the past decade. The spare logistics crescendo as the song peaks to swelling effect, with Casnoff's own vocals providing a warbling, uncertain counterpoint. Dawes' loss is Harriet's gain, and ours as well.

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