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Trade Winds
LP $23.25


JAZ 15 

***HELLO BLUE ROSES was formed in 2005 by SYDNEY HERMANT and her partner Dan Bejar and houses Hermantʼs written and recorded song work. A fluid enterprise, their performances have ranged from sparse duo to full band backup, and in its current formation features Hermant establishing her own ground as a solo performer, singing and playing guitar and flute, with the support of looping pedals, washy amps, and the occasional sit-in friend. Trade Winds is HBRʼs third full length, following 2015ʼs WZO on JAZ Records, and 2008ʼs The Portrait is Finished and I Have Failed to Capture Your Beauty, on Locust Records. With Trade Winds, Hermant offers meshes of enviro psych femme, experimental pop, and laid back electronic art rock, each track inhabiting its own mood, or a different planet from the last, creating a tight and compelling unexpected bouquet of sounds. The songs include but are not limited to love letters between flowering trees nourished, supported and narrated by their composting elder, postcards from time traveling poetess lovers, the psychosis of climate change denial as cajoled from the analystʼs couch, the muck we are in and the difficulty of communicating collective grief.