Author: Nicholas Smith
9/3/11 | Staticmultimedia.com | www.staticmultimedia.com | Record Review
Saddle-Creek, a label started by Bright Eyes boy wonder Conor Oberst, has just signed a band with the potential to blow even its founder out of the water. Big Harp, a husband and wife team, are releasing their first album, White Hat, on Sept. 13th and it couldn't deserve more hype. Only a few tracks have leaked onto the internet far along with "Everybody Pays" which is free for download on Saddle-Creeks site, but the material looks uncannily promising.The band which started off when Chris Senseney and Stefanie Drootin-Senseney toured together with separate Omaha based bands plays a mixture of rollicking country, indie-rock, and poignant ballads. Now that the duo have married and have kids it looks like a well-spring of inspiration has hit. The songs which are at once haunting and also unbearably catchy are a mixture of Leonard Cohen, The National, and a melodic rhythm that's all their own. Chris' voice is a deep mournful growl that simultaneously speaks of great gentility. It's an early Leonard Cohen baritone that more easily flows pitch perfect through the notes.