Her Crooked Heart (Rachel Ries + co) – Release Show Rachel just keeps pushing the boundaries of creative muse. She never stops exploring the limits of both her
Her Crooked Heart (Rachel Ries + co) – Release Show
Rachel just keeps pushing the boundaries of creative muse. She never stops exploring the limits of both her uniquely beautiful voice and her songwriting. Her latest effort with this stellar lineup of also singularly gifted singer-songwriters is truly spectacular. I personally can’t wait to hear them live. I suggest you don’t miss them either! – Steve Giacomini, Café Paradiso
HER CROOKED HEART’s new record, To Love To Leave To Live, was tracked right here in Pine Hollow! Join us as we bring the songs right back to the live room where Shane Leonard, Pat Keen, Brian Joseph and Rachel Kay Ries first laid em down.
With To Love To Leave To Live, Minneapolis-based Her Crooked Heart presents a debut record unique in form, made up of cyclical narratives and intertwining histories, each informing the next. The result is a transformative song cycle, led by a charismatic personality, wholly indifferent to expectations of genre and instrumentation. Rachel Ries, the writer, multi-instrumentalist and producer behind Her Crooked Heart, demonstrates immense vulnerability and multifaceted musical craftsmanship to deliver a personal and profound musical soliloquy on love, leaving and the life that follows after burning it all down.
To bring these songs and this record to the stage, Ries has enlisted a powerful group of women; women who can, in their way, take on the feminine, humanist mantle of Her Crooked Heart and make it their own: Siri Undlin (Humbird), Adelyn Strei (Adelyn Rose), Hilary James (We Are The Willows + Bathtub Cig). The quartet blends classical and electric guitar; piano and vintage synths; cello, woodwinds and drum triggers. This merging of acoustic and synthetic sounds is all in service of the voice: four part vocal harmonies that shift from ethereal to an elemental wail, always telling a story of transformation.
“Rachel Ries [aka Her Crooked Heart] has a sensibility as familiar and comforting as it is surprising. At one turn, she’s got the vocal prowess of Tori Amos; at another, the complexity of a Radiohead tune. TO LOVE TO LEAVE TO LIVE is a record I’ve not stopped playing since I first heard it, and one I can anticipate revisiting for many years to come.”
– Amy Reitnouer, Executive Director, The Bluegrass Situation