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Month: June, 2013

Band to Watch: Delta Rae

by Ellie McHale

I love me some soulful, southern, folky rock… Enjoy y’all.

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Band: Delta Rae

From: Durham, North Carolina

Members: Ian Hölljes (vocals and guitar), Eric Hölljes (vocals, guitar, piano and keys), Brittany Hölljes (vocals), Elizabeth Hopkins (vocals), Mike McKee (drums) and Grant Emerson (bass)

Their sound: In theory, Delta Rae’s music is Americana folk rock. In practice, it’s a bit more complicated: bluesy and soulful, sometimes gentle and melodic, sometimes aggressive and visceral —and always rich with textured four-part harmonies. From howling gospel-inspired choruses to mellow bluegrass-tinged guitar riffs, everything’s fair game.

3-Minute Bio: Delta Rae has already built up a fan base devoted to their infectious, festival-friendly aesthetic. Following the release of their 2012 debut album Carry the Fire, the band has spent the past year on tour and just played their first set at Bonnaroo. At the cornerstone of the band are the Hölljes siblings, who grew up singing together. The trio eventually teamed with Hopkins, McKee and Emerson to form…

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Still Our Hands Match

by Ellie McHale

Let’s keep up the songs of heartbreak trend here. I’m only just discovering Daughter, a band from North London that has been around since 2010. At the end of April, they released their first full length album “If You Leave” after releasing 3 EPs in 2010 & 2011.

It’s times like this that I wish I was back in London. The music scene is much more on point & forward thinking. For example, I was already sick of Coldplay by the time ‘Yellow’ got airplay stateside. Sure, Coldplay is an English band, but it still would have gotten tons of PR & airplay in the UK if it were a South African band. Just sayin’. Many artists make the trek out to England to start their music career because of the borderline aggressive music scene. Surely, it’s changed in the last decade, as the music industry as a whole has. However, there seems to be a larger want and need for excellent, original musical talent.

I caved last night & purchased Daughter’s album. The band is a trio: Elena Tonra on vocals (and the founder of the band, as it started as a solo project), Igor Haefeli on guitar, and Remi Aguilella on drums. Elena has a haunting voice. It is simple, pure, and magical. Her voice reminds me of Rachel Yamagata, but in a more emotional manner. In fact, Elena’s voice is richer. The songs, just like Elena’s voice, are haunting. They are able to speak to pretty much anyone. The melodies, the lyrics, and the pace, they hit upon our ability to pull out memories & past feelings.

We should be supporting musicians, especially female musicians. So, I urge you to go out and purchase some of Daughter’s work. Even if you purchase a $4.00 EP from iTunes, that’s still supporting the arts & women making an honest paycheck… And, to tempt you, I’ll leave you with a song from “If You Leave”:

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