Hymn for Her (from the album Pop-N-Downers available as a self-release)
It’s difficult to predict what sounds Hymn for Her will pull out of their back pocket. When they sing a line like ‘you may never be here again’ in the cut “Scoop” on Pop-N-Downers, the latest release from Hymn for Her, they could also be referring to an audio area they’re occupying in that second, a space with a certain sound they’ll inhabit briefly, leaving quicker than it took to get there. Soon after Hymn for Her surface somewhere else in a world soundtracked by Blues or Indie-Rock, Psychedelic Folk or Lounge Music, where a ukulele is kin with a banjo or cigar box guitar while metallic tin taps from a kid’s toy piano jingle underneath.
Pop-N-Downers finds the Hymn for Her covering all that ground and more. The duo of Lucy Tight and Wayne Waxing can bang out noise and play something appealing on a plethora of levels; there is musical sophistication and some simple riffs within the dirty Folk and hints of Psychedelia. The album kicks off with the dreamy “Blue Balloons” and the contemplative rocker “Human Condition”…..‘you’re born crying, you live complaining, and you die disappointed’. Lyrical brutality comes via one of the catchiest tunes on the album. “November” is beautiful; Lucy Tight’s vocals crisp over a simple ukulele rhythm with a bluesy slide guitar while subtle snapping plays background. “Dingle Town” begins with simple banjo and kicks along like a punk-rock sea shanty. Followed by “First Clown on the Moon,” these 2 come like a one-two punch in the up-beat and dirty category. They walk a fine line between dreamy and mellow, rocking and raw; undefined by instrumentation, whether a banjo, simple kick drum or simple piano Hymn for Her finds each one its place. (by Bryant Liggett)
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