Anyone who had the good fortune to pick up a copy of The Hackles’ debut The Twilight’s Calling It Quits and were charmed by its pure honesty, will know that the spark ignited there always had the potential to glow even more brightly.
Captured in their living room, mostly live, to reel-to-reel tape, it was a brilliant introduction and indicated that something great was bursting out of their home state of Oregon.
Kati Claborn and Luke Ydstie – both core members of the band Blind Pilot – had impressed with their glorious meant-to-be vocal harmonies and song-writing skills. The follow-up, A Dobritch Did As A Dobritch Should, packed with the same smart, melodic and intelligent creativity but burnished with just a touch more subtle production values and musical muscle, finally confirmed them as a major force on the Americana/indie-folk circuit.
When you choose to settle in what is the oldest settlement west of the Rocky Mountains – the town of Astoria on the big Columbia River – it would be easy to assume you had a desire to be far-from-the-madding-crowd or close to off-grid.
Far from it! And, here, the couple illustrate the full extent of their willingness to tune in to the balances and imbalances of the world that have such an impact on us all.
They say it’s music they hope people can really connect to in their own personal life.
“We’re looking at the big picture through individual lives,” offers Kati.
Hackles are those fine hairs on the back of our neck that stand up whenever a big emotional response is triggered.
Whatever your personal trigger is, whether sumptuous vocals, lyrics with a special resonance, soulful singing that raises the goosebumps or vocal harmonies that are as sweet as any you’ve ever heard before, this pair deliver.
The UK media fell in love with them with several of the better-known presenters at BBC, making the album a featured release.
Writers too had good things to say. “Songs that grab your attention” offered AmericanaUK.