I am following the enigmatic Derrick Hart for quite a while now. Equally rooted in the chromatics of US-American Folklore and off-key Pop music, Hart is blessed with a wonderful voice and musical talent that makes his compositions shine like nothing else I heard in a while. His four track "Songs from a cross (the sea)" EP is probably the shortest 12rec. release ever - but one you do not want to miss.
"Songs from a cross (the sea)" kicks off with "Sunchild", a febrile and angst-driven piece of Indiepop that marries the grandezza of Arcade Fire with the broken beauty of Brian Wilson. "Sad Leafless Trees", the instrumental intermezzo afterwards, is a digestion of Hart's Americana-sound. It is exciting to follow its textural drift.
"You're winning so I quiet" is Derrick Hart in full effect, a larger-than-life DIY Country hymn. Hart's great ability is to play it candy - but not much. For "Rest Well", clarinet and cello strike up for a melancholy ballad that makes me think of Vincent Gallo and, ehm, Chris Isaak at the same time. Timeless!