Native Harrow - Divided Kind


Format: Vinyl
Label: Different Time Rec.
Rel. Date: 09/13/2024
UPC: 5056032384316

Divided Kind
Artist: Native Harrow
Format: Vinyl

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Over a catalog of six albums, Native Harrow have produced a discography of "rich, engrossing records" and "instant classics" while single-mindedly following their own artistic code, acquiescing only to the exigence of the song: each song it's own world with it's own rules. Formed a decade ago, Native Harrow spent their first five or six years crisscrossing the United States and Canada on numerous tours, averaging more than 150 concerts per year in 47 states and 4 provinces, on the back of two self-released albums, Ghost (2015) and Sorores (2017). In 2019, they released Happier Now, partnering with London alt-country stalwarts Loose Records. The record garnered glowing reviews, with Rough Trade selecting it for it's album of the month, writing "Beautifully soaring... rolling grooves ground languid and dreamy clearwater shimmers of sound." The critical acclaim and Americana chart success of the album prompted three back-to-back UK tours in 2019 and early 2020, ultimately leading to a three-year stint living and touring in the UK and Europe. In this time, Native Harrow released two more critically acclaimed records with Loose; Closeness (2020) and Old Kind of Magic (2022), playing for audiences ranging from rock clubs in Norway and Sweden to opera halls in Portugal, and every stop in-between, as well as performing at festivals such as BST Hyde Park (supporting the Eagles and Robert Plant & Alison Kraus), Greenman Festival, Black Deer Festival, The Great Escape, Celtic Connections, Moseley Folk Festival, SXSW, and many more. Following the eruption of it's title track, Side A of "Divided Kind" transitions nimbly through hazy tremolo-laden dusty canyons, past an intimate soulful love letter, and towards a moody anthem of devotion buoyed by propulsive grooves, before ultimately settling on a gentle bird's-eye-view of love and transcendence. Side B opens with the debut single, "Goin' Nowhere" a soul transmission over incendiary bass and undulating layers of guiro, congas, tambourines, shakers, and handclaps that sidesteps into moments of infinite dial-toned burnished, Rhodes-propelled soul-jazz and self-assured blues rock à gogo before ending in a spectral folk reading on celestial meditation. "Divided Kind" was produced and recorded by the pair, in their home studio surrounded by the vintage acoustic and electric guitars, dusty semi-functional amplifiers, and out-of-date Rhodes, B3, piano, and assorted percussion they've grown accustomed to. Chicago-based Alex Hall was again drafted to add drums and to mix, and Philadelphia drummer and engineer Joshua Friedman mastered the record. London-based musician Joe Harvey-Whyte added the pedal steel to "Borrowing Time", with all other voices and instruments being performed by Tuel and Harms. "Divided Kind" is available everywhere September 13 on Different Time Records.