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Album review: 'Undercurrents'

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Heather Taylor

"Undercurrents"

Self-released

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Heather Taylor's new album, "Undercurrents," is a holistic celebration of self-acceptance and love. It's an expression through the lens of a feminine Appalachian storyteller. The 10-song album was recorded at Echo Mountain Recording Studios in Asheville, North Carolina, with the help of Grammy Award-winning producer Julian Dreyer, using live tracking to capture the natural grit and honesty of Taylor's music.

Taylor's voice is warm and golden, with a shaky vibrato and leonine volume, like Rhiannon Giddens. It's so passionate that it smacks everyone within hearing distance to attention. While Taylor sings and strums along on her octave mandolin, Sean Jerome accompanies her on slide guitar, playing tasteful solos in songs like "Color of the Blues" and "Roll Away" that sound as though the guitar is actually speaking a conversation.

From the youthful excitement in "The Other Side of Fear" and the dark sensuality of "Mlk Sugar Love" to a peaceful and quiet "Sedona Sunrise" in the open beauty of the Arizona desert, Taylor writes musical arrangements that complement the pictures painted by her lyrics. On a mission to shake the fabric of what you think folk music is, Heather Taylor creates a genuinely uplifting experience that calms the mind and eases the soul.

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