There is something in the Irish water. If you're a fan of folk music, you'll be hard-pressed to find a place with more concentrated talent in a specific genre than Ireland. The list of artists I love is long, and most of them hail from the Emerald Isle.
No exception to the rule, Alana Henderson is emerging with a bang from two years spent touring as Hozier's cellist. EARMILK has the first listen of "Let This Remain", Henderson's first single since being off the road, and it's a mighty triumph. Of the song, Henderson says:
After a period of post-tour decompression it was recorded at a friend's isolated Irish
cottage with the help of Belfast-based musician/producer Alan Haslam and using only
the most rudimentary equipment; my cello, a Roland Juno-106 synthesiser and a TR-808 drum machine, along with some improvised acoustic percussion (we snapped a pair of shoe trees together for the snare sound).
In addition to the beautiful instrumentation, Henderson boasts an incredible, lush songwriting talent characteristic of many Irish folk artists. Her vocals are arresting and her bohemian sound haunting. The cello is inventive and subtle, a lilting undercurrent behind soft electronics.