Paige Harpin Group Album Release
Paige Harpin Group
Close your eyes and allow the smooth, confident creations of Paige Harpin to transport you to simpler times.
With a cool and collected, laid-back swagger seldom seen since the days of the most iconic soul and jazz performers of eras past, Harpin delivers a formula inspired by nothing less than the very best of those times—and likewise, their most powerful modern counterparts (e.g., Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, and D’angelo). Backed by a foundation of appropriately self-assured instrumentals, Harpin’s arresting vocal prowess
With an impressive collection of songs written entirely by Harpin herself, her newest album, titled ‘how do you love,’ was recorded and mixed in Des Moines, Iowa by Logan Christian at Midday Studios and later mastered by Carl Saff (Guided By Voices, Mitski, Balmorhea). Additionally, percussion and horn arrangements on the effort were contributed by Dustin Smith and Tim Sanders, respectively, rounding out the sound with relaxing grooves and rich layers that complement Harpin’s songwriting and powerful vocal presence beautifully.
If you’re in need of a respite from the woes of love, life, and everything in between, or if you need to connect with something on a deeper level to feel a surge of life once more, submerge yourself in the depths of Paige Harpin’s impassioned offerings on ‘how do you love’ and feel a revitalized sense of self with a newfound musical adoration resonating within you.
“What happens when you move to a new city and find that the art that you want to consume and create is sorely under-represented by the local music scene? Well, you build your own damn scene. That’s what MarKaus has done with his label (Media Fresh Entertainment) and his debut album (2015’s White Man’s Burden). That’s not to say that Des Moines’ hip hop scene is non-existent, but the more voices that enter the collective conscious, the better.
A Kansas City transplant, MarKaus is not just challenging the music scene, but the societal mis-deeds and political climate most of us see every day. Speaking truth to power is not new in the world of hip hop, but MarKaus does it with a certain aplomb that only comes with supreme confidence. Not with the swagger of a champagne room denizen, but with the bravado of an underdog who knows he’ll break things open through the sheer will of his ability and the eagerness with which the words are bubbling with pressure to be released.”
Written by Chris Lachky for the Des Moines Music Coalition
On “Songbird,” the first track from her eponymous debut album, Elizabeth Moen sings, “Singing at the top of my lungs trying to get through.” It shows off her voice and guitar in a way that perfectly situates her in the singer-songwriter tradition alongside Joni Mitchell, Janis Ian and Judee Sill. Her clear alto voice covers a wide dynamic range, sometimes within a single word, and the subtlest of vibratos kisses every sustained syllable.
The Basement // Doors 7, Music 7:30 // $5 advance, $7 doors // all ages