The Harmaleighs continue the year’s trend for exemplary country albums with a rousing debut packed with hooks and gorgeous harmonies
his year has already seen stellar albums from Nashville-based artists such as Justin Townes Earle, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors and Andrew Combs, and with the debut album from The Harmaleighs continuing this trend it’s fair to say that Music City is still delivering the goods.
Haley Grant and Kaylee Japerson met while attending Belmont University and bonded over their love of Americana music. Within a few listens of Pretty Picture, Dirty Brush it is obvious that the duo have distilled this passion into a form of folk music filled to the brim with catchy hooks and beautifully blended vocal harmonies.
This is an album packed with rousing country music, I Keep Ticking On rattles along at breakneck speed before breaking down into a ghostly middle section. Collecting My Change continues the sense of fun with some dynamite banjo work propelling the song along. It’s not all uptempo, Doll Made of Glass is a more wistful affair and Sticks & Stones cries out with heartbreak and anguish.
On Pretty Picture, Dirty Brush, The Harmaleighs have created the same feeling as The Lumineers managed with their own debut album. By taking the musical qualities of Americana and adding a sprinkling of pop, they’ve come up with a stunning record.
Verdict: An impressive debut long-player