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Friday, 02 December 2016 19:10

Hope In High Water

Written by Barry Hammond
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When Sorrow Calls (Harsh Realm Records)

Hope In High Water is the name of the duo consisting of Josh Chandler Morris and Carly Slade from Milton Keynes, U.K. They’re acoustic, somewhat dark, Americana in the tradition of Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, The Handsome Family, or Canada’s The Marrieds. The EP is a four-song sampler and all four tracks are strong in the songwriting, vocal, and acoustic playing-with-feeling departments. The purpose of a sampler is to give the listener a taste and leave them wanting more and this disc certainly succeeds in that. You can hear that they’re good at what they do, you want to hear them push their musical boundaries even further and explore a broader palette. If they keep working at this level and push themselves even farther they’re definitely going to be an act to follow in the future. An extremely promising debut disc.

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