The upcoming collaborative album from Allison de Groot and Tatiana Hargreaves was recorded in one of the most unique ways I've heard. Instead of recording each song over and over until it was done "correctly," the duo comprised hour long sets and played those over the span of four days. They never listened back to any of the recordings until they were done. The first song released from these recordings, "The Banks of the Miramichi," has a sense of immediacy to it that you don't hear these days, especially in folk. It's a simple song that fits right into the world of folk, but it sounds completely modern while still being completely traditional. It also has such a grounded feel to it by not being perfect. In today's world of digital recordings where an artist can just delete a take and start over again endlessly, hearing a song like "The Banks of the Miramichi" that isn't striving for perfection is an entirely fresh sound. Keeping folk this fresh while still being traditional is a unique feat.
You can listen to "The Banks of the Miramichi" below. Hurricane Clarice is due out March 25 on Free Dirt Records and can be pre-ordered/pre-saved here. For more on Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves, check out the artists' website.