Hidden Gems, Mundo Musique, Music, Spotlight, The Revue — August 18, 2014 at 8:00 am

Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Cariad Harmon

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Five years ago, Cariad Harmon released her debut album, Four Letters, a tender, vulnerable album of love and lost. It’s an album that echos of Norah Jones and Holly Cole with its melodic undertones and gorgeous harmonies. The opener “Let It Go” and the stunning “Four Letters” best reflect the blue-eyed soul and adult contemporary of the two aforementioned songstresses. At times, there are also hints of Diana Krall with the piano jazz-orientation, such as on Hurricane”.

Four Letters is a very good album, perfect for a quiet evening with a loved one or as music at a dinner party. It’s music that has been forgotten as the world trends towards more beat- and electronic-oriented music, Americana, and pop.

The London-native Harmon remains active, playing shows in New York City, where she currently lives. On November 11, Harmon will release her second full-length. Co-produced by Oli Rockberger and Chris Abell (Pete Yorn, Alabama Shakes, Mat & Kim) along with executive producer Matt Pierson and featuring guest performances by Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius and Mike Savino of Tall Tall Trees, the self-titled album is one that will be highly anticipated here. The early press releases note that the album will retain the heart-wrenching, personal stories and the vulnerability of the human spirit, but there are signs that the album will have more of an Americana feel and that the album will be sung in Harmon’s native English accent. What other changes and surprises remain unknown, but we’ll find out in three months, just in time for Christmas.

In the meantime, you can pick up Four Letters on Harmon’s Bandcamp page, iTunes, and Amazon.

Website – http://cariadharmon.com
Facebook – Cariad Harmon
Twitter – @cariadharmon

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