âOwl Hymn,â the slow-burning first glance at the duoâs new direction, showcases the husband and wife teamâs continued knack for churning out folky pop tunes, albeit with a twist. The four-plus-minute cut bashes barebones percussion and frenzied acoustic guitar evoking the African influence seen in major indie acts like Vampire Weekend and the Dirty Projectors. The subtle handclaps and Harmonâs bouncing guitar complement Giarittaâs soft vocals, giving the song a serene vibe despite the moments of quick, brash handwork. Although the song is definitely a refreshing taking on traditional Americanaâembedded with more than a little modern pop sensibilityâthe tune doesnât wander far from remnants of musicâs past. (Iâm thinking a touch of Graceland perhaps?)
When Giaritta tenderly spouts "you deceive me," it almost seems like she's referring to the duo's own music—it's certainly not what you expect from the beginning. There Is No Mountain will hit the road in mid-April for a string of shows across the United States. Portland has yet to make the list.