Native Harrow

The Boileroom, Guildford.

Native Harrow
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“I dug myself out from the well to make Closeness a record about love”, professes Devin Tuel,
from the Eastern Pennsylvania home she shares with her partner, Stephen Harms. Together the
two make up the folk rock outfit, Native Harrow. “When I sat down to begin what would become
Closeness I felt that above all, I wanted to make it clear that, while the clock is moving, we can
hold onto one another and maybe there will be tears but there will also be laughter.”
Closeness , the fourth LP from Native Harrow, exists at the intersection of two winding roads;
time and motion. The album opens like the shot of a cannon with “Shake”, a rocking
confessional about riding anxiety’s elevator. If this is any indication of where the band have
been since last we heard from them (2019’s, Happier Now ), time has moved on and with it life
has evolved and unfolded.
Time moves away, takes what it can carry ... I have seen how it ends, thru the edges of
time … Time turns away so quickly, quiet as it goes … It’s the same every time … Time’s
gonna get harder but you’ve gotta carry on … Watch the weeks go by, my how the years
have gone by … I can’t quiet my head of the sounds of time rolling by … From the
winding years, there is a season for all to unfold … Time moves forward, and I gave up
that chase.
Today, the band are reflecting on not only this new record but how now, months after its
recording wrapped, it feels ever prescient. Tuel takes us back to when she was writing the
album and the early days of Closeness ’ conception, “For this record I really wanted to tell
stories. Our stories from the last two years, from the weeks leading up to recording, tales from
other lifetimes, and stories from where I fear this world is heading.”
When it came time to record the songs, the band decamped to Reliable Recorders in Chicago,
IL to once again work with drummer and engineer, Alex Hall. The 10 tracks of Closeness were
recorded over two sessions; three December days in the dying light of 2019 and the first three
new days of January 2020. Similar to the process of making Happier Now , the sessions were
firstly focused on documenting trio performances that captured Tuel’s master vocal takes live in
the room, guitar in hand, with Harms on bass and Hall on drums.
Closeness elaborates on the group’s radiant warmth and timeless nostalgia with the inclusion of
new sounds and experiences. The combustible fuzz-driven opener “Shake” gives way to slices
of 70s FM groove (“The Dying of Ages” and the desert funk of “If I Could”), 60s art pop (“Even
Peace” and the expansive orchestral “Sun Queen”), and the kind of graceful folk (“Smoke
Burns”) and folk soul (the compassionate conviction of “Carry On”) the band is best known for.
The intricate polyrhythms and grinding Moog synthesizer (“Same Every Time”), the fully realized
vintage jazz combo (“Turn Turn”), and the exquisite piano ballad (the penultimate “Feeling
Blue”) provide glimpses down previously unexplored streets and find the band stretching out
and confidently illuminating their expansive aspirations.