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Keith Hadad's review of 'Picnic, Moonside' for Record Crates United
Emmalee Hunnicutt lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina. She explores the subtleties of sound with her compositions and improvisations. Having played the cello for most of her life, she brings an intimate understanding of the instrument to her work. Experimenting in the realms of texture and emotion, her music acknowledges the mysterious nature of art and life. In addition to writing and performing as a solo artist, she is also part of a number of collaborative projects including Mountain Bitters, Vinesines and Library of Babel.
Picnic, Moonside is a collection of songs that journey into the world beneath the dirt and the moonlit times after the sun sets. From joyful descriptions of eating beets, to moonside picnics with Hawk Moths pollinating night blooming Datura flowers, this album is an exploration of one artist's love for the earth and its mysteries.
Several songs specifically highlight the sound of the cello's natural overtone series, utilizing harmonics to access melodies which defy the confines of the Western Equal Temperament system. At times, there is a spectral yet perhaps hyper-worldly quality in the music, illuminating effortless hidden layers just above and below our default threshold of experience. Hunnicutt brings a unique and delicate knowledge of how these sonorities have existed in avant-classical, improvised and Appalachian folk music traditions, thus lovingly positioning it back to the source amongst the broader mysteries of naturally occurring living energies.
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