Asheville’s Sarah Louise is a gifted American solo guitarist whose playing is influenced by clawhammer banjo. Sally Anne Morgan is a fiddling force with the traditionalists The Black Twig Pickers and acoustic drone masters Pelt. When Louise and Morgan collaborated on an album together in 2017 as House and Land, the shape of the Appalachian folk they were exploring began to shift. Their stunning, self-titled debut marries Louise’s crystalline voice and adroit playing to Morgan’s drone-inspired minimalism and microtonality. In their hands, the traditional tunes’ fertile earthiness blossoms into something sparse, delicate, and ethereal. “House and Land don’t just make these songs their own,” raves Pitchfork, “they effectively reclaim them, illustrating that they’ve always been theirs.”
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