Delgirl: two, maybe three, days ride (Yellow Eye)

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Delgirl: Promising
Delgirl: two, maybe three, days ride (Yellow Eye)

This Dunedin-based, folk-country three-piece of Deidre Newall, Erin Morton and Lynn Vare impressed with an earlier EP Live at the Wunderbar which hinted at something special, but wasn't quite strong enough to be placed on Elsewhere.

But that promise has come with this album of close harmony, suggestions of alt.country and Polynesia, understated balladry and smart lyrics.

The gentle Promising has the merest hints of Polynesian percussion behind the reggae-referenced rhythms, elsewhere they bring harmonies to wonderfully melodic and sometimes jazz-influenced originals, and with Between Earth and Sky (Martin Phillipps on slide guitar) they have a classy tribute to Hank Williams.

Music like this -- acoustic, folk harmony, ukulele-lovin' -- can often come off as twee but this one will woo and win you.

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