Salt House - Huam

The Scottish folk scene is booming and there’s no end to the list of talented artists redefining Scottish folk; Salt House is no exception. The trio consists of a mighty fine stock of musicians, namely Ewan MacPherson, Jenny Sturgeon and
Lauren MacColl. Today we’ll be taking a look at their latest album, Huam.

Huam is one of those rare albums that transcends time, modern yet deeply primeval. There’s something about the way Salt House writes songs, colliding past and present, creating lyrics that serve as an ode to a forgotten time. The musical renditions of poems such as Emily Dickinson’s “Hope Is The Thing With Feathers” and Thomas Campbell’s “Lord Ullin’s Daughter” are absolutely spellbinding.

Huam is, like earlier releases of Salt House, steeped in the musical traditions of Northern Europe. The vocal harmonies throughout the album makes listening a rich, solacing experience as the fiddle dances on top of the soft drone and gentle guitar compositions. The music is hauntingly beautiful and there’s a song for every mood.

If you want music with depth and have a fondness of poetry, then this is the album for you. It’s the perfect spring album, full of nuances and emotion. I truly believe this album will stand the test of time.

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Album cover of Huam