3 hat trio declare on their web site ‘Rare and endangered American Desert Music’ well
it’s certainly rare, but not meaning nearing extinction, more in the
sense of exceptional. This brand of music I could listen to all day
long, and in case you’re wondering it comes with a cutting edge both new and sharp.
The musical melange 3 hat trio cooks up includes traditions and
influences spanning the distances between the Caribbean and the American
West, along the way adding the inventions of jazz, blues and classical.
To experience their sound you could do no better than their latest
album ‘Dark Desert Night’.
to the American Desert Music theme, 3 hat trio aim to reflect the
natural world of their homeland and the cultural traditions of the
generations who’ve worked and lived on the deserts of the American
southwest. Well I’d say they’ve pretty much hit it. From the minute the
haunting ‘Get Back Home’ opens there’s no doubting the
originality and imagination at work, they add their touch to the
multi-varied English folk song retitled as ‘Carry Me Away’, going forward there’s the hypnotic ‘Tammy’s Sister’, the depths of ‘Off The Map’ and for sombre wondering ‘Sand Storm’.
Within each song lives a compelling timbre, evocative vocal and a hypnotic hook to the eloquent melodies.The wide open spaces of this music coupled with its rhythmic poetry made me think that van Vliet and Morrison would love this.
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