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Those Early Years
“Attractive, distinctive modern folk duet”
Hugely rich in Appalachian folk textures, The Hems deliver a savory ten-song record, soothing in approach and amiable in feel and mood. The Hems are a delightful duet from Austin, TX – folk songwriters with style and aplomb who can craft riveting songs with the best of their genre-mates.▼ Article continues below ▼
“Those Early Years” and “Honey Twist” are compelling and upbeat. The guitars are intricately woven, and the harmonies are beautifully spun, rich and fervent. Each song flourishes with themes of folk-style Americana, such as the mesmerizing “Dreams Will Do” and the haunting “Dogwood Tree,” a powerful anthem sure to rock any amphitheater.
The clarity of the production is remarkable, the energy captivating throughout each listen. It’s fascinating to proudly hear striking acoustic solos between the choruses, and it’s wonderful to savor the music’s feel-good heart through the album’s striking melodies. Fiendishly difficult to perform, The Hems make each arrangement sound effortless. The overall beauty of the music is richly fervent as the tunes really bounce, light on their feet. A charming folk record.
Engineered and Mixed by Andre Moran
Recorded at Ohm Studio, Austin
Mastered by James Hoover