(the har-muh- lees)
The Harmaleighs honestly craft poetic, passionate, and powerful songs cut from a pastiche of indie, folk, pop and Americana. In January 2015, The Harmaleighs‰ÛÓHaley Grant [lead vocals, guitar] and Kaylee Jasperson [bass, harmonies]‰ÛÓembarked on something of a modern odyssey in support of their independent full-length debut, Pretty Picture, Dirty Brush. The band-mates and partners got rid of their Nashville apartment, put everything they owned in a storage unit, bought a van, equipped it with a bed, and hit the road with their 8-month-old pug Gus sleeping on the dash for the next nine months. The trials, tribulations, and triumphs of this trek would ultimately inspire their upcoming EP, Hiraeth, to be released on May 5.
‰ÛÏHiraeth is a Welsh word that we stumbled upon while we were on tour,‰Û� says Kaylee. ‰ÛÏIt basically means, ‰Û÷Longing for a home.‰Ûª It‰Ûªs a feeling of rootlessness and homesickness that we started to collectively feel around month six. By the end, we had burned out.‰Û�
‰ÛÏEven when we visited Nashville, we would be staying in a Walmart parking lot,‰Û� sighs Haley. ‰ÛÏThat‰Ûªs where the whole concept came from. It‰Ûªs the basis for this body of work.‰Û�
The lead track from the EP is the ethereal ‰ÛÏBirds Of A Feather‰Û�, which is out now via all digital outlets. ‰ÛÏI wrote the song about a friend who was going through a tough time with a relationship ending,‰Û� says Haley. ‰ÛÏShe was explaining to me what exactly was happening and said 'I'm just convenient for her.' That specific sentence stuck in my head for a couple weeks and sparked the idea for the entire song.‰Û�
The Harmaleighs‰Ûª debut LP Pretty Picture, Dirty Brush received accolades from American Songwriter, Songwriter UK and more and Spotify featured ‰ÛÏI Keep Ticking On‰Û� on its coveted Folk Pop playlist, amassing millions of streams and counting. The duo spent the bulk of 2016 ‰ÛÏworking regular jobs and saving up money‰Û� for their next musical chapter. They hit the studio with producer Paul Moak [Mat Kearney, Caitlyn Smith] and recorded the six songs on Hiraeth in just one week. As a result of the previous two years, their signature ‰ÛÏIndie Americana‰Û� sound further solidified.
‰ÛÏOur last record was very folk-pop,‰Û� says Kaylee. ‰ÛÏAt that point, we were going through transitions and really trying to figure out what we wanted to be. When we finished that marathon tour and regrouped, we got the chance to decide who we are as a band. We wanted to utilize more electric instruments and go more indie pop with storytelling at the core. All of Paul‰Ûªs productions are different. That was the allure of working with him. He helped us step up and define our style. This is really the first time we‰Ûªre being true to ourselves.‰Û�
On ‰ÛÏLady Brain‰Û�, delicate electric guitars entwine with Haley‰Ûªs hypnotic and heavenly delivery before crashing into an unforgettable refrain. ‰ÛÏI was watching Orange is The New Black, and in one scene the main character Piper says, ‰Û÷Well, I‰Ûªm going to use my lady brain and think really hard,‰Ûª‰Û� Haley recalls. ‰ÛÏI thought it was so fucking funny. I kept it in the back of my head. It‰Ûªs a bit of a sarcastic song.‰Û�
Then, there‰Ûªs ‰ÛÏMouthful of Cigarettes‰Û� which twists and turns through a bluesy lead line until eventually culminating on a powerful proclamation, ‰ÛÏI am a fire without any wood.‰Û�
‰ÛÏI was sitting at a bar in Portland on month six of our tour,‰Û� Haley continues. ‰ÛÏThere was an ashtray full of cigarettes, and I was having this moral dilemma in my head. I thought, ‰Û÷What if I put all of that in my mouth and swallow the burning cigarettes because there are flames and maybe I won‰Ûªt be burning out anymore?‰Ûª I thought it might spark the flame again.‰Û�
The flame has been sparked with Hiraeth and their journey really begins now‰Û_
Booking InfoLori Peters