Hannah Epperson | Home Batch

Fiddler extraordinaire Hannah Epperson posted a new aptly-named EP, “Home Batch”, a collection of five home-recorded and home-created songs. I’d first heard of Epperson, when she played violin with bow and pizzicato with Miss Emily Brown on the latter’s harp-led track, “World Traveller” — a song off “In Technicolour”. It was a stunning combination, dripping with nostalgia, remembrance and a sad sweetness. This time around, Epperson gives her neo-folk take on a record where she’s front and center. The diamond of the album is the delicately exquisite and deceptively simple, “peaches”, a song that begins and ends quietly. The song’s power rests in the grace of a sleepy and gently swaying guitar melody, paired with near-harmonized lead vocals — where one voice follows slightly behind the other, light as vapor trail. The song has a touch of Latino elegance, with it’s neo-João Gilberto kinda bossa nova. Just listen to the harmonic phrasing and melody in the line “… so that we can grow another peach” at the 2:31 mark. It’s delicious. The lyrics are quite inventive too — sensual, organic, casual, and romantically rich. “Murder of Crows” is another beauty — opening loudly, with a criss-crossing of uplifting and frenetic strings, tempered elegantly by Epperson’s pretty vocals. You can follow Epperson at facebook and myspace. — David D. Robbins Jr.

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