Listen while reading:
Few days ago I wrote about the free Stable Session EP from Hlynur Gudjonsson and Haruko released by Gold and Silver Recordings. Today I want to present you another free EP released from them. And belief it or not, it’s Haruko with five tracks and 17 minutes of fine folk played live in Gehrde, Germany.
Fine acoustic folk – that’s what you’ll find here. Haruko’s songs (tracks two and four are accompanied by Heinz Rebellius) are very lyrical and her melodies are just lovely. The keynote of the songs is sad and dark and even as she sings lines also Kimya Dawson (urgh…terrible music indeed) maybe would have sung (I’m just talking about the beginning of The World Outside here) she still got that moment in her voice that gives you strong reasons to mistrust all the happiness expressed. (Sometimes she reminds me of Laura Gibson…but I’m not so sure if this really fits.)
Long time I have thought that folk is a genre Germans don’t like – especially because I did not find bands playing it at all or if they tried they were horrible at it. And so I’m really glad that there are girls and guys like Haruko, Hylnur Gudjonsson and the rest of the Gold and Silver Recordings team who play and release such great music.
Be aware, rest of the word, we’re out there and we’re coming big. To be prepared I highly advise you to download this EP for free, visit Haruko’s MySpace site, have a look at Gold and Silver Recordings, read something about her over at slowcoustic.com and watch the three (!) free videos of her performing at kidtsch.de (to see them click “Bühne” and then Haruko’s picture to the right). Also make sure to check all the videos of the other artists there for more fine folk – I promise you won’t be disappointed!
GS-003: Hlynur Gudjonsson – Death Was A Stranger EP
GS-FREE-002: Haruko – Live EP
GS-FREE-001: Haruko & Hlynur Gudjonsson – Stable Session EP
GS-002: Itai Faierman/Hlynur Gudjonsson – Split EP
GS-001: Hlynur Gudjonsson – Live at Folk artNOW!