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“House And Land don’t just make these songs their own: they effectively reclaim them, illustrating that they’ve always been theirs.” - Pitchfork
House And Land (guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Sarah Louise and fiddler/banjoist Sally Anne Morgan) are a North Carolina based duo whose guitar, fiddle and banjo abilities transform traditional folk forms from the familiar to the strikingly fresh.
Their gorgeous sophomore album ‘Across The Field’ is a work of bold artistry, drawing connections between the traditional and psychedelic through dexterous improvisation and deep appreciation of the living culture of their songs.
Their feminist interpretations of lyrics reflective of another time and attitude is both empowering and illustrative. Identifying with many songs’ message of close relationship with the land and principles of stewardship, the duo’s emotional connection is palpable in their hauntingly beautiful vocal harmonies.
A keen understanding of the traditional source material ‘House And Land’ pulls from allows the duo the freedom to experiment. Instead of seeing old, even ancient material as limiting, they use the living songs as compositional canvases to paint rich new tapestries and tell modern versions of timeless stories.
Sally Anne Morgan plays fiddle in The Black Twig Pickers. She is also known for her design and print work of her company Ratbee Press. Sarah Louise recently released her sophomore Thrill Jockey album ‘Nighttime Birds And Morning Stars’ earlier this year to critical acclaim.
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