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With Uneasy Pieces, Hoots & Hellmouth edges toward rock and soul with grit and grace. Their signature rootsy, bluesy Americana sound forms the foundation, layered with fuzzy, reverb-y guitar and warm organ, offering easygoing grooves and upbeat hooks that belie the tension beneath.
Its four tracks explore the tension between ideologically opposed forces, from the title track, a plea for resolution from an elusive muse; to the locally-inspired “The Down Part of Town,” a portrait of the community that becomes marginalized when a neighborhood becomes gentrified.
Hoots’ voice cuts with clarity and cracks with vulnerability, soaring over rough-edged arrangements that swell from delicate acoustic guitar articulations to rich, densely textured choruses, driving rhythms always propelling forward. It’s atmospheric, it’s deeply personal, and it invites you to linger.
Uneasy Pieces was recorded at Mt. Slippery studios, home to Philadelphia rockers Dr. Dog. Following The Giving Groove’s “artist-friendly, socially conscious” model, Hoots & Hellmouth will donate half of all album proceeds to the Pass The Beat organization, which brings instruments, lessons, and other music education resources to disadvantaged children around the world.
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Pressed with love at Gotta Groove in Cleveland, OH; limited edition of 500, hand-numbered 45RPM black vinyl. MP3 and WAV downloads available.