m4a 256 kbps | 78 MB | LINKS
Harrow Fair are Miranda Mulholland, of Great Lake Swimmers, and Andrew Penner, of Sunparlour Players, and Call to Arms is their debut release as a duo – and genuinely a duo, Mulholland sings and adds violin whilst Penner sings and is a veritable Captain Manyhands adding guitar, drums, keyboards, banjo and much more. Call to Arms instantly declares Harrow Fair to be a veritable Canadian powerhouse of hoof-thumping Americana as first track Hangnail hits the floor running and never lets up with a booming kick-drum and an insistent guitar hook. It’s a love song of sorts, although it’s a twisted love “if pleasure is the habit and pain is the comfort then what are you ?”. And, maybe, it’s the end of a chemical love affair “searching for a spark to sustain / though this needle can’t find a vein”. Love as a withdrawal symptom – Hangnail is a darker song than it sounds on first listen. And that sets the tone for this excellent album.