H.C. McENTIRE – ” Quartz in the Valley “

Posted: January 18, 2018 in CLASSIC ALBUMS, MUSIC
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You might not have heard of H.C. McEntire, but you’ll almost certainly know her collaborators; Kathleen Hanna, William Tyler and Angel Olsen to name just a few of the stellar accompanying cast. Currently best known as frontwoman of Mount Moriah, stepping out solo feels like a logical next step for H.C, a songwriter with the noble aim of reclaiming country music from, “the hetero-normative, homogenous schtick of tailgates and six-packs and men chasing women”.

The resultant album, “Lionheart”, is undeniably a record of turbulence and change how could any album about America released this year not be – but more than that it is a record about reclaiming your own power. Lionheart takes all the traditions of the American South, and sets about tearing them to pieces. As H.C. McEntire explains, “in music, there are no rules. You make your own language. You can be both the Southern rock outlier and the twangy gospel conduit. You can be both the cherubic, honey-tongued innocent and the ardent punk. To get here—to find my lion heart—I had to become them all”. Mainly though on Lionheart, despite all her influences, all her outfits, all her collaborators, H.C. McEntire sounds entirely like herself, and it doesn’t get much better than that.

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