10 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This Nashville-based singer/songwriter (who also records with the Christian band Mosaic) draws on folk, country, pop, and theater music to convey both intimate and socially conscious lyrics. Harlow’s vocals are polished, supple, and expressive; her melodies reveal sophisticated compositions under accessible surfaces. Feathers & Twine is filled with quick, knowing sketches of the everyday world: “When the Circus Leaves Town” and “A Tree” are especially rich in perceptive imagery. Playful tunes like the Broadway-esque “Words” and the lightly jazzy “Holes” are interspersed with well-drawn character portraits like “Cain” and “Nohemy.” Harlow manages some deft costume changes, moving from the rootsy Appalachian accents of “Windowbird” to the sunny ’60-ish pop of “The World Belongs to Me” without losing her authenticity. Eclectic arrangements that layer banjo, pedal steel guitar, strings, and brass on the album’s piano-centered tracks give the album a broad spectrum of colors. The songs both float and soar, capturing delicate feelings while expressing life-affirming joy.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This Nashville-based singer/songwriter (who also records with the Christian band Mosaic) draws on folk, country, pop, and theater music to convey both intimate and socially conscious lyrics. Harlow’s vocals are polished, supple, and expressive; her melodies reveal sophisticated compositions under accessible surfaces. Feathers & Twine is filled with quick, knowing sketches of the everyday world: “When the Circus Leaves Town” and “A Tree” are especially rich in perceptive imagery. Playful tunes like the Broadway-esque “Words” and the lightly jazzy “Holes” are interspersed with well-drawn character portraits like “Cain” and “Nohemy.” Harlow manages some deft costume changes, moving from the rootsy Appalachian accents of “Windowbird” to the sunny ’60-ish pop of “The World Belongs to Me” without losing her authenticity. Eclectic arrangements that layer banjo, pedal steel guitar, strings, and brass on the album’s piano-centered tracks give the album a broad spectrum of colors. The songs both float and soar, capturing delicate feelings while expressing life-affirming joy.

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