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Cariad Harmon

by Cariad Harmon

Rolling Stone Magazine has likened this rootsy British songwriter to Joni Mitchell and Rickie Lee Jones. Harmon's most obvious talent lies in her storytelling ability with folk-inspired songwriting that's ironic, cheeky, vulnerable, and euphoric.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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1. Every Time
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2. Wicked Town
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3. I Want You
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4. Like You
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5. Shame
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6. You Don't Know Me Yet
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7. California
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8. Old and Grey
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9. Don't Forget Me
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10. I Wanna Be Famous
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11. Williamsburg Bridge
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Listening to Cariad Harmon, it’s hard to believe that the singer-songwriter spent much of her youth galavanting through the streets of London and dancing until the wee hours of the morning to legendary house and techno DJs at West London’s now defunct Club UK. It’s not surprising, however, to learn that after the parties were over, Harmon returned home to secretly throw on a Tracy Chapman or Bob Dylan album and strum her acoustic guitar.

Being caught between two worlds is a common echo in Harmon’s life. She grew up in the crossroads of two cultures: the cynical sensibility of England, and the romantic innocence of the American dream. With an English mother and an American father, Harmon has often struggled with feeling like an outsider in both the English and American worlds; she now embraces this feeling in her folk-inspired songwriting, which can be ironic, cheeky, vulnerable, and euphoric at times. Harmon’s range in style stems from experiences in frustration, confrontation, and new beginnings, with surviving the precariousness of New York City (her current home base) serving as the overarching theme on her upcoming album.

In Harmon’s music, conscientiously-crafted harmonies, sensitivity toward the arc of a song, and drum beats that stray from the typical country ditty complement her writing. Harmon’s lyrics are delivered with emotional directness and effortlessly flow as she splays them over delicate and nuanced guitar work. Influenced as much by contemporary artists Father John Misty and Ray Lamontagne as legends such as The Band and Carole King, Harmon’s most obvious talent lies in her ability to tell stories.

Both of Harmon’s Grandmothers, for example, were talented artists who never had the chance to realize their potential because of the times they lived in; her family’s story feeds Harmon’s no-excuses attitude and readiness to scrap for her dreams. This conviction pushes Harmon to explore the intense emotional lives of others, while also serving as the protagonist of her own work, in which her overwhelming willingness to realize the totality of her art is obvious when she sings I wanna be famous, son of a gun…I want you all to know my name when I’m done. Oh, I wanna be someone. I wanna be someone. (“I Wanna Be Famous”)

Harmon’s debut album Four Letters caught the attention of music mini-mogul Adam Dorn (a.k.a. Mocean Worker), who released the album on his label MOWO! Inc. in 2009. In addition, Harmon’s music has been featured in the film The Hawk is Dying (starring Paul Giamatti), and earned her the semifinalist title in the 2013 International Songwriting Competition.

Cariad Harmon’s self-titled album boasts performances by Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius and Mike Savino of Tall Tall Trees, and will be released in November 2014. Co-Producers Oli Rockberger and Chris Abell (Mat & Kim, Pete Yorn, Alabama Shakes) heavily influenced the record’s sound, while executive producer Matt Pierson (Grammy nominees Kirk Whalum, Brad Mehldau), who is largely credited in the Jazz community, produced 5 of the album’s 11 tracks, and mixed and mastered the project giving the album a salient voice.

Previously, Harmon has been covered by Verbicide Magazine, New York Magazine, and Rolling Stone’s Mark Kemp, who says, “Like [Joni] Mitchell and [Norah] Jones, the fragile-voiced Harmon endearingly cuts off her words at the ends of her lines; unlike them, her lyrics seem to span many decades.”

In yet another instance of straddling two worlds, Cariad Harmon’s listeners will discover that the performer sings her Americana-inspired music with an English accent — something she avoided doing for years. By using her natural voice, Harmon’s songwriting expands to capture her outlook, which allows her stories to flow more freely, and shows that being of two worlds doesn’t mean splitting oneself in two, but rather living twice-as-fully.

PRESS

“Weaving jazz and country inflections into her subtle acoustic guitar playing and singing with a calm, clear earnestness, she’s pure in her traditionalism and refreshingly unironic in her ambitions.” [11/25/2014]
—Jon Dolan – Rolling Stone

“Quietly strong, bluesy and bright Cariad’s voice is one that once you hear it, you’re hooked.” [22/23/2014]
—Sarah Wilson – InYourSpeakers

“Cariad’s songwriting is masterful in the way that she weaves memorable melodies together with stories, experiences, and emotions. Her songs have a decidedly British pedigree, informed by a New York sensibility.” [11/15/2014]
—William Kates – Music & More

“The songs are so wonderfully crafted and Harmon’s storytelling allow the listener to find themselves drawn into the narrative. It might need a listen or two to truly unravel, but this really is a beautiful album. One that’s so infectious that it’s bound to brighten up the cold grey Autumn days.” [11/07/2014]
—James McCurry – AmericanaUK

“This self-titled sophomore album from Brooklyn-based songwriter Cariad Harmon has all the pop appeal required to be a surprise hit.” [10/31/2014]
—Damien Girling – Songwriting Magazine

“Her soprano voice is dove-like and lovely and her songs are as cheery as a day spent eating popsicles in Central Park, even if your heart’s broken.” [11/05/2014]
—Aimsel Ponti – Maine Today

“Cariad Harmon’s sophomore album is a smooth, easily enjoyed collection of tracks based on her bright, expressive voice and deft acoustic guitar playing.” [11/04/2014]
—Chris Steffen – AllMusic

“Joni Mitchell, Norah Jones and Cat Power fans — lend an ear to a bright new talent.” [10/30/2014]
-The Big Takeover

“Now based in Brooklyn, Cariad is from London so her bluesy/folk sound has a unique spin and her voice is just fantastic.” [10/23/2014]
—Sarah Wilson – InYourSpeakers

"NYC-based Londoner Cariad Harmon is a singer-songwriter whose sparse songs are fueled by vulnerability and honesty, feelings brought to life by way of airy melodies that develop without haste. Her delicate, almost whispered soprano works as the music's binding element, giving Harmon's mixture of classic jazz and blues a graceful fluidity." [Issue #40-Volume #2; pg.16]
—Paolo De Gregorio - The Deli

"An art clash in Brooklyn New York." [10/13/2014]
—Danny McCloskey - The Alternate Root

"The new video for Cariad Harmon’s “Like You” gives hope that in a big city like New York, there’s still a chance to find your one and only." [10/13/2014]
—Nicole Ortiz - The Wild Honey Pie

On "Like You": "While her musicality feels entirely British, there’s a sense of optimism about her music that seems to place her firmly on the other side of the Atlantic. We challenge you to listen to it without feeling warm, cosy and – goshdarn it – maybe even happy." [10/07/2014]
—Ali Mason - For Folk's Sake

"She's somebody worth hearing." [9/28/2014]
—John Platt - WFUV

"It’s Cariad’s extraordinary aptitude for lush and captivating jazz and folk-flavored pop that clinches the whole deal; the laid-back push and pull of this music breezes along with utmost ease and fluidness like a happy little gust of pure soothing energy."
—Joe Wawrzyniak - Jersey Beat

"Cariad Harmon has swooped in on our radar and earned herself a spot on our list of “Artists to Watch”, and after listening to the single, 'You Don’t Know Me Yet', she’ll be on the top of yours as well." [9/05/2014]
—Kerriann Curtis - WordKrapht

"With an album that can conjure up imagery of smoky jazz clubs or even smokier blues bars located in Anytown U.S.A., Harmon is a wonderful British artist who definitely understands Americana music, and has found just the right way to perfect it." [8/29/2014]
—Ron Trembath - Trainwreck'd Society

This British singer-songwriter makes late-night music that's part jazz, part folk, and all fuzzy and warm. Harmon's rich, welcoming voice guides the songs on her debut, but the subtle instrumental nudges — soft piano, gently strummed guitar — are inviting too. Perfect music to cozy up to.
—Michael Gallucci - Cleveland Scene

Four Letters is a well-crafted debut that’s undeniably relaxing to listen to… an enjoyable listen for fans of Sarah McLachlan, Cat Power…who lament the end of happy summer days spent frolicking at Lilith Fair. When the festival returns…perhaps we’ll see Cariad Harmon on the roster.
—Heather Schofner - Verbicide Magazine

Cariad Harmon has taken an approach to folk music that seamlessly incorporates jazz, pop and…blues in a way not seen since Nick Drake. Gentle lilting-melodies, simple, relatable stories… hypnotizing string arrangements and production …a captivating slice of New York Americana.
—Jesse Hayes - Examiner

Cariad Harmon is the type of artist making music that will sound as good in 20 years as it does today.
—Jesse Hayes - No Depression

Cariad Harmon…comes from the lineage of jazzy singer-songwriters that includes Joni Mitchell and Rickie Lee Jones. Her modest, lovely debut is a slow-burning set of piano-based torch songs and acoustic-guitar ballads…unlike (Mitchell and Jones), her lyrics seem to span many decades.
—Mark Kemp - Rolling Stone Magazine


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